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Norman J. Finkelshteyn

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Typical Magyar Belt - a modern reproduction

Peter Beatson

The following Magyar belt fittings were made by Peter Beatson of Birka Traders. His description of these plates and their archaeological sources follows.

These Conquest period (c. 900AD) plates are solid silver with gold plating, like the originals. The originals are in the recent exhibition catalogue 'Ancient Hungarians' in Budapest.

The three types of larger 'shield-shaped' plaques (2.3 x 1.8 cm; 2.3 x 1.7 cm; 2.3 x 1.7 cm) are from grave 2, Rétközberenes-Paromdomb cemetary, there were 55 plaques (plus a buckle and strapend which were not well preserved).

The buckle and large strapend I have made are from a very similar belt found at Karos-Eperjesszög cemetary 3, grave 11. The buckle is 4.6 x 2.6 cm and the strapend 5.0 x 1.9 cm.

The small strapend (3.3 x 1.2 cm) and three small plaques (1.5 x 1.0 cm) come from a sabertache strap, Karos-Eperjesszög cemetary 2, grave 29.

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