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Buckle
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Buckles which are unmistakably dress accessories are found as grave-goods in cemeteries of the early Anglo-Saxon period. They are usually, judging from their position, belt buckles, and are found with both sexes, but not in every burial by any means; they are less common than brooches. Some small buckles evidently attached straps to the girdle (see girdle: ante-1100), and there are a very few shoe buckles attested from Kent (see shoes). Occupation sites of the later Middle Ages have yielded many buckles, but although stratification and associated pottery give them…

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Gale R. Owen-Crocker, “Buckle”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 29 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_181>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503



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