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Valira Torrent - bulletin of the Andorran Philatelic Study Circle. Issue 35, p3 (March 1992).
The archaeological site of Sant Vincenç d'Enclar, which is situated at the entrance to the fertile valley of Andorra, has been the subject of several excavations since 1979. A varied amount of material continues to be uncovered, although it is often difficult to date it with accuracy. This is because of natural erosion on the site, as well as continuous human occupation.
Amongst the finds made have been flint tools from the Copper and Bronze Ages, ceramics, Roman money, and objects of bronze and silver. A silver item, the 'sivella visigotica', was reproduced on a stamp in 1989. Some pieces of glass have been found in different places, and most are of a green colour.
The best preserved glass objects have been found in human tombs. Three small bottles or phials, probably dating from the lXth century, have been found there. They were placed near the head or shoulders of the deceased. It is possible that these bottles served as pots for ointment or contained ritual offerings such as blood, oil or wine. The stamp shows two of these bottles. One is clear and of spherical form; the other of rainbow coloured glass is opaque, in the shape of a tear with a flat, curved rim.
In the tombs, two bottle necks were also found, and these may have contained parchment. This idea is based on the discovery of the Act of Consecration of the church of Castell d'Oliana, situated some 50km from Andorra, which was found in a bottle neck.
The following additional information has kindly been supplied by Richard Samuel of Seattle, WA.
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