On Tue, 3 Aug 2010 17:55:38 -0600, John Hooker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>It's 3rd cent B.C. (I think it's a pommel). And, yes, I can see a few of
>its design features that are reflected in British Celtic art....Were the
>"British" features really continental, but we have not encountered them
>there yet? That's why I have my fingers crossed about the lead isotope
>analysis to see if the source of the metal can be identified.
The mind really does get racing! At the obtaining of the physical Pb result,
and the source of the metal allocated, all can become a little firmer, but
it's exciting to speculate:
The timing is consistent with the period of continental 'touta' names
appearing and the location provided is consistent also. If a pommel that did
the 'oh bugger it's busted' thing out in the field and dutifully tosssed as
useless, one wonders of the actions of the carrier!
la la la :)
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