BM-133A42: Iron Age vessels

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Unique ID: BM-133A42

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Two Iron Age, Iron and copper alloy hemispherical vessels, probably cauldrons. Recovered (on the advice of English Heritage) during an archaeological evaluation undertaken by Cotswold Archaeology Ltd.

Description - At least two vessels of very similar form but of different sizes. In addition, running beneath the larger bowl is a large iron object with a rounded terminal. Both vessels appear to have been hemispherical in shape and comprised a solid iron hoop at the top of the rim to which are attached two iron suspension rings, one on either side. The rim is supported by a thick iron band which is then laminated with the very thin copper alloy sheet which forms the bowl.
The objects were found side by side and are in a very fragmentary state, still largely covered with soil, with parts of the copper alloy bowl breaking away.

Dimensions Vessel 1 Diameter 480mm Height 180mm
Vessel 2 Diameter 610mm, height unknown.

The vessels are similar in form to up to 12 vessels recovered from a single pit at Chiseldon, Wiltshire in 2005. These vessels date to the later Iron Age. In addition to the Chisledon finds, a similar vessel has also been recovered from a late Iron Age context at Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

The objects constitute treasure under the amendment to the Treasure Act 2002, being two or more base metal objects found together, of prehistoric date.

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: British Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T712


Broad period: IRON AGE

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 2
Height: 180 mm
Diameter: 610 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 16th November 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Janina Parol
Identified by: Wendy Scott

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2009T712

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Blaby (District)
Parish or ward: Glenfields (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK5305
Four figure Latitude: 52.640164
Four figure longitude: -1.218204
1:25K map: SK5305
1:10K map: SK50NW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Controlled archaeological investigation
Discovery circumstances: recovered during an archaeological evaluation
Current location: British Museum

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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