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Iron cauldron hanger


Length: 61.500 cm

P&EE 1938 10-8 2

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Iron cauldron hanger

    Roman Britain, probably 4th century AD
    From Dorn Farm, near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

    This is the upper part of an iron chain assembly used to suspend a cauldron. It is the most elaborate part of the hanger, which in total would have measured several metres in length.

    Such cauldron hangers are among the most spectacular examples of ironwork in Roman Britain and demonstrate the high level of craftsmanship of some Romano-British blacksmiths. They are also evidence for the enduring popularity of communal feasting. This example was found in the remains of a building in the small walled Roman settlement at Dorn.

    W.H. Manning, Catalogue of the Romano-Britis (London, The British Museum Press, 1985)