CORN-0EAC18:

Rights Holder: Royal Institution of Cornwall
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Rights Holder: Royal Institution of Cornwall
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Rights Holder: Royal Institution of Cornwall
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CAULDRON

Unique ID: CORN-0EAC18

Object type certainty: Certain
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A fragment of the rim of a cast copper-alloy cooking vessel or cauldron. The edge of the rim is internally bevelled so that it is flush with the exterior but stepped on the interior, with a triangular profile, which is 7 mm thick before tapering to 4 mm below. The fragment has a layer of burnt black organic matter on the exterior, but a series of fine, parallel scratches at an angle of about 45 degrees to the rim cut through this layer, suggesting that they are post-deposition. The inner surface is smooth and flat, with some burnt organic matter trapped under the bevelled ridge that projects out 3 mm, 9 mm below the edge of the rim. The shallow curve of the rim suggests that it is part of the flared rim of a large cauldron, with a rim diameter of around 380 mm, that would have contained about 7 gallons. An indicator of a probable Post-medieval date of manufacture is the smooth texture of the surfaces of the fragment, which suggests a relatively pure grade of copper alloy.

Butler and Green (2003) illustrate examples of two large cauldrons with everted rims, from the Sturton Foundry at South Petherton, Somerset, on p.117, nos.116 and 117, that latter being of similar dimensions and contained 7 gallons, which date from the late 17th to the early 18th century.

Notes:

There was also a body fragment found nearby from likely the same cauldron which is recorded in CORN-0EA543.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1725

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 44.5 mm
Width: 71 mm
Thickness: 7 mm
Weight: 83.9 g
Diameter: 380 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st June 2018 - Saturday 30th June 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: St. Erth (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW5732
Four figure Latitude: 50.13817856
Four figure longitude: -5.40203551
1:25K map: SW5732
1:10K map: SW52SE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: CORN
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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