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  • Description

    Iron, wood and copper alloy bucket: remains of small iron bound yew tub, raised off ground by three small feet; bailed handle; staves survive in mineralized form on back of iron bands. 10 bags of associated fragments.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 220 millimetres (longest band)
    • Weight: 836 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Carver 2005 p.245.13 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    30 May 1992

    Treatment proposal

    . . Remove soil and plaster support. Clean to reveal detail. Repair and reconstruct as necessary. Discuss mount if required.


    Lifted on site in plaster bandage.Nov.91 in matrix of soil. Sand and stones adhering to the iron. Fragmentary. Where broken the bands were hollow with orange powdery corrosion in some areas.Extensive remains of mineral preserved wood. Kept in a dry environemt with silica gel before and during excavation.

    Treatment details

    X-rayed in soil block by Janet Lang using xeroradiography .Not very sucessfull. Object turned upside down and rested on a foam support. At the request of MOH the soil to be retrieved and examined to identify contents if any. First level of soil removed by Caroline Cartwright in the DSR . Returned to Conservation in Feb. 92. Remaining soil removed by FNS in Metals Cons. and passed onto CC together with detached wood samples for ID. (Taxus sp. yew) Measurements were made of the distance betewwn the bands and the bands themselves, to ascertain the height of the bucket. The measurements compared well with measurements taken on site. (see Description) Stones removed from the bottom band with air-abrasive, carborandum powder. All bands cleaned manually using scalpel. Further radiography in Conservation to see detail of the construction of the feet,bands and escutcheons. Fragments of the bands and escucheons stuck with HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). Friable areas consolidated using 3-5% Paraloid B72, ethyl methacrylate copolymer, in acetone and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol), applied using brush. Packed in Plastazote polyethylene foam cutout in a tupperware box with silica gel dessicant.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1982-1992. Excavation funded by The British Museum and the Society of Antiquaries, London.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • 48/8070


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