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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 69  1955  page 34


of any developed shields on the tongues of the buckles from Lyminge suggests that none of the buckles is later than about A.D. 600 and that many are probably nearer A.D. 550.

Cloisonné-set jewellery.
The dating of the buckles may be correlated with that of the attachment-plates which accompanied them. That from grave 1 has already been noted above. All the other attachment-plates, except that from grave 22, are rectangular or kidney-shaped, and triangular attachment-plates are absent. Three of the attachment-plates (graves 17, 32 and 36) have their surfaces cloisonné-set in the roughest style and similar treatment has been accorded to the jewelled purse-mount from grave 27. The cell and inlay treatment is well removed from the more sophisticated Faversham and Kingston styles and the most notable characteristics may be summerized as follows: chipping (in the manner of the flint worker) of the inlays to shape; -U- shaped cutting or chipping of the inlays (note this feature on the cloisonné work of the bows of the square-headed brooches from grave 44); and the ring and dot within squares of chequer pattern decoration of the underlying gold foil. Although some of these characteristics may be paralleled in this country1, more numerous examples of this type of work can be found in Frankish areas on the Continent. Purse-mounts, showing a strong family resemblance to the Lyminge examples have been found at 

Envermeau2 and at Herpes3 and both these examples show –U- shaped cuttings of the inlays. Similar shaped cloison bars can be found on a brooch from Concevreux, dept Aisne4, and on grave furniture from the Tomb of Childeric. There is a kidney-shaped attachment-plate, roughly cloisonné-set, from Amiens in the British Museum5, Much of this coarse cloisonné work is reminiscent of Vandal work of the fifth century A.D. and the rectangular attachment-plate of a large buckle from a Vandal grave at Bone, Algeria, in the British Museum6,.
   1. A kidney-shaped attachment-plate, roughly cloisonné-set and with ring and dot decoration within squares of chequer pattern tin foil was found in inhumation grave 119 at Abingdon. E.T.Leeds and D.B. Harden, The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Abingdon, p. 55, Fig.8. The writer cites a Frankish parallel.
A similarly shaped attachment-plate, cloisonné set in the same style, was found at Howletts and is in the British Museum. 1936, 5, 11, 115-16.

2. L’Abbe Cochet, "Notes on the Internment of a young Frankish Warrior at Envermeau", Archaeologia, XXXVII, Pl. II, no.8,p.106. The purse-mount in question is not apparently from the burial described.
3. Bulletin de la Societie` archaeologique de la Charente, 190-91, 6 series, 1, Pl. V, 17.
4. J. Pilloy, Sepultures dans l’Aisne, III, 228, Pl. C, 2.
5. No. 91, 10, 1925.
6. No. 65, 3-18, 1.

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