Type 1a: Triangular/round-backed

Type 1a - basic outline Type 1a - timeline Distribution of Type 1a combs in British Isles European distribution of Type 1a combs
Type 1a example

Type 1a combs are small, triangular or round-backed single-sided composite combs. These combs are frequent finds from mortuary and settlement contexts across northern Europe, where they are usually assigned a Late Antique or early Anglo-Saxon date (e.g. Roes 1963; MacGregor 1985, 83; West 1985, 126-7). As such, the group is not central to the foregoing discussions, and variation within the group is not considered here; readers are instead referred to the classic work by Böhme (1974). Nonetheless, Type 1a is key to the development of the European comb canon, as it represents an early phase from which many later types emerge.

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