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.

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


Length: 61.500 cm

Museum number

P&EE 1938 10-8 2



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