SOM-D3B3D1: Iron Age Tankard Vessel

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Unique ID: SOM-D3B3D1

Object type certainty: Certain
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A probable cast copper alloy tankard handle fragment of late Iron Age date. The oval slightly curving fragment measures 36.1mm by 30.2mm by 8.1mm and weighs 25.3g. It appears to be the central section from a tankard handle which was originally broadly similar to example h on plate 230 of Jope's 'Early Celtic Art in the British Isles'. This example, which is from Stoke Abbott, Dorset, has two trumpet-like terminals for attachment to a wooden vessel, each with an adjacent openwork loop which in turn adjoined an oval central section. The Haversham Cum Little Linford example is decorated with a moulded S-shaped motif in relief which is made up from three vesicas (ovals with pointed ends). In the centre of each moulded vesica there is a recessed roundel with a diameter of c. 5mm. Two of the three contain faded red enamel.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: Tankard
Sub class: Handle


Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa 50 BC
Date to: Circa AD 50

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 36.1 mm
Width: 30.2 mm
Thickness: 8.1 mm
Weight: 25.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 17th April 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Naomi Payne
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill
Secondary identifier: Ms Sally Worrell

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Entry 020244

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Milton Keynes (Unitary Authority)
District: Milton Keynes (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Haversham Cum Little Linford

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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