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Type 8b: Trapezoidal section

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Type 8b example

Type 8b combs have connecting plates of trapezoidal section, and date to the period between the 10th and 12th centuries. Under the influence of this faceted cross-section, connecting-plate ornament may be arranged within horizontal panels, or may form 'chequerboards'. Again, the profile of these combs may mimic that seen in Types 6 or 7, and endplates may be either straight or winged.

The chronological relationship of Types 8a and 8b is difficult to establish in detail. While Type 8a may have emerged first, for much of their periods of currency they seem to have been broadly contemporary, though stratigraphic resolution is poor at many of the sites at which they occur. The excavation of well-dated manufacturing sites will be key to elucidating this chronology.

 

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