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  • Description

    Antler salt container; T-shaped segment of hollowed-out tine; carved geometric interlace and zigzag decoration; perforated around ends for attaching covers; heavily worn.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 8thC-9thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 15 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager ‘Summary Catalogue’ (draft MS)

    near castle Grüneck, Ilanz, Graubünden canton, Switzerland; found March, 1811, with another similar container, both with silver covers, and containing hoard of silver denarii deposited c. 900-915

    VON SALIS SEEWIS J.U. 1811. Nachricht von einigen in Bünden seit kurzem gefunden Münzen, Der neue Sammler, ein gemeinnüziges Archiv für Bünden 6, Chur, pp. 229-35
    VON TSCHARNER J.K. 1842. Der Kanton Graubünden, historisch, statistisch, geographisch dargestellt. Chur, p. 193
    PFISTER J.G. 1844. A Money Horn of the Ninth Century, Archaeologia XXX, London, pp. 551-2
    Archaeological Journal 1847, pp. 74-5 and fig.
    JECKLIN F. 1906. Der Langobardisch-Karolingische Münzfund bei Ilanz, Mitteillungen der Bayerischen Numismatischen Gesellschaft 25, Munich, pp. 32-3, 38, 79-82
    SMITH R.A. 1923. A Guide to the Anglo-Saxon and Foreign Teutonic Antiquities in the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities. London, p. 156
    OVERBECK B. and BIERBRAUER K. 1979. Der Schatzfund von Ilanz 1811, Archäologie der Schweiz 2, no. 2, Basle, pp. 119-25, figs. 1-7, and where references to coins are summarised
    GEIGER H.U. 1986. Der Münzschatz von Ilanz und die Entstehung des mittelalterliche Münzsystems, Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Geschichte 36, Basle, p. 405Buried shortly after 916 - see Helvetia Archaeologica 41 (2010), 20ff.See: M. Schulze-Dörrlamm, 2001, 'Herkunft und Funktion der dreizipfligen Geweihbehälter des frühen und hohen Mittelalters, Jahrbuch des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums Mainz, 48, 529-557, fig. 4, 1-3.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1811

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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