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cauldron

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.113.6

  • Description

    Copper alloy and iron fragment, from rim of cauldron 1939,1010.113. It is attached to a large piece of the body, including carination line and extending to curve of base, built up from several pieces.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 25.1 centimetres
    • Width: 20.3 centimetres
    • Length: 22.9 centimetres (rim)
    • Width: 2.5 centimetres (rim)
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    2 December 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Repair, consolidate and re-pack as necessary.

    Condition

    The cauldron is in multiple fragments. Some are attached to a large perspex mount using perspex pegs threaded though areas of fill on the object. Many of the pieces are backed with fibre-glass/nylon gossomer and adhesive for strength. Many of the fragments are not aligned or joined and ideally all the fragments should be dismantled, cleaned, re-joined, re-adhered and re-supported.

    Treatment details

    The remaining fragments of cauldron still attached to the perspex mount were removed by removing the perspex pegs.

    Any loose or moving vulnerable areas were strengthened using HMG Paraloid B72 (methyl ethyl methacrlylate) and/or nylon gossomer.

    The fragments are to be stored in polstore drawers in the SH Basement B106.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.113.6

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