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Tripartite carinated pottery vessel, tall slim variant. Glossy burnished finish, grooved decoration. No evidence of inlaid colour. Firing dark; black with small ozidizing patches.
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- Stead and Rigby 1999
Restored rim and base circuits.
Findspot: Mesnil-les-Hurlus (Le) (Marne)
(a) Morel records that in December 1890 'notre fouilleur' Louis Topin, of Somme-Tourbe, sent him the contents of five graves that he had found at Mesnil-les-Hurlus. Schmidt (Schmidt, E., 1928, Répertoire abrégé de l’archéologie du Département de la Marne des temps préhistoriques à l’an mille, ‘Mémoires de la société d’agriculture, commerce, sciences et arts du départment de la Marne’ (2nd ser., 22, 1926-7 and 1927-8), 204) spells the excavator's name Taupin and gives the site as near 'Marivchamp'. The discovery prompted Morel to deliver a paper on the rarity of gold ornaments in the graves of the Marne (Morel, L., 1890b, communication (Mesnil-Les-Hurlus) BAC, xlv, eventually published as Morel, L., 1898b, De la rareté des bijoux d’or dans les necropolis de la Marne, ‘Association française pour l’avancement des science’ (1898, II)). Only one grave group is described (Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, 180-4; cf. Mariën, M.E., 1961, Le groupe de la Haine Brussels, fig. 61; for its reliability see Roualet, P., 1981b, A propos des fouilles anciennes end Champagne, in A. Melkon, 1981, ‘L’âge du fer en France septentrionale’ (Mém. Soc. Archéol. Champenoise, 2), 7-16, 11).
The grave group contained: ML.1746-ML.1751; ML.2857; ML.2626.
Tripartite carinated vessels: The vessel comprises three straight-sided sections in different planes meeting at two angles. Radiography has confirmed that a sharply angled jar found at Marson (ML.2644) was made with a definite luted seam at the shoulder carination, the implication being that the overall tripartite shape was achieved by making vessels in three separate sections. The basic shape allowed potters to experiment with proportion and detail which resulted in a great diversity of shapes and sizes, only some of which are represented in the Morel Collection. Criteria for sub-groups are comparative depth of the rim, shoulder and body sections; configuration of the rim; and configuration of the lower body. Examples are ordered by size. They range from Hallstatt C/D to La Tène I. The tripartite shape was current in Hallstatt C burials at 'la Ferme Rouge' Court-St-Etienne, Belgium (Mariën, M.E., 1958, ‘Trouvailles du champ d’urnes et des tombelles hallstattiennes de Court-Saint-Etienne’ (Monographies d’Archéologie Nationale, 1) Brussels, figs 15, no. 12, and 26, no. 27). Probably the most characteristic vessel form in burials of the mid-fifth to the mid-fourth century BC in the Champagne region.
Goblets: Tall slim variants, La Tène I. Perhaps the most elegant version ever produced is represented by the tall goblet from Mesnil-les-Hurlus (ML.2626). Other examples of comparative size and quality are from Berru (Joffroy, R., 1973a, La tombe à char de Berru, ‘Antiquités Nationales’ (5), 45-57, fig. 3.1).
Bibliography: Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 41, fig. 8; Smith, R.A., 1925, ‘A guide to the antiquities of the Early Iron Age’ (second edition), London, pl. 5, 12; Hawkes, C.F.C., and Dunning, G.C., 1930, The Belgae of Gaul and Britain, ‘Archaeology Journal’ (87), fig. 3; Jacobsthal, P., 1944, ‘Early Celtic Art’, Oxford, no. 409.
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