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X-Ray Vision: The Recovery of Early Medieval Ironwork

X-radiographyoffourcorrodedandshapelessmassesofironinthe WorldHeritageMuseumattheUniversityofIllinoisatUrbanaChampaignhasbroughttolighttwounusuallyattractiveMerovingianplaquebucklesandtheircounter-plaques(museumnos.24.2.7 and24.2.428)(Fig.10.1).Theradiographyhasfullyrevealedthe buckles'trapezoidalshapesandtheirinterlacepatternsinthesilver damasceningtechnique.Throughcomparativeanalysisofthese designelementstheprovenanceofthesebucklesisconfirmedanda datemaybesecurelyassigned.Toprefacethisanalysis,historical backgroundandmuseumdataareprovided.