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Two small copper alloy brooches with simple tooled decoration on the foot. Four-coiled spring and external chord. Feet are linked by a chain (circular links, butted joints).
Length: 53 millimetres (brooch)
Length: 223 millimetres (chain)
- Curator's comments
- Stead and Rigby 1999
Findspot: Sommesous (Marne)
Morel acquired a grave group from someone who had bought it; he was particularly interested because it was a child's grave, and he suspected that the small 'torque' was a funerary crown (Morel 1898, 178-9). But the 'torque' is more likely to have been an armlet (p. 74) so perhaps Morel was mistaken in thinking that it was the grave of a child. Bertrand (Bertrand, A., 1876a, 'Archéologie celtique et gauloise', Paris) lists a single grave containing ML.1736-ML.1738, ML.1740 and ML.1742-1745.
Context: La Tène II brooches
1. Small brooch with simple tooled decoration on the foot. Four-coil spring and external chord. Examples in graves at Liry grave 6 and Ménil-Annelles grave 1.
Bibliography: Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 40, fig. 4; Déchelette, J., 1914, ‘Manuel d’archéologie préhistorique, celtique, et gallo-romaine’ 2, 3 ‘Second âge du fer ou épogue de La Tène’, Paris, fig. 535, 3.
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