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Copper alloy handle attachment fragment. The ring handle is missing. The fragment has low side flanges distinctive of this type. It has three rounded ribs with thin wear facets on the top and the undersides of the flanges. Lateral extensions grip the rim on both the outside and inside. Inner part of the rim is broken away. Parts of the two upper sheets remain on the handle attachment either side of a vertical seam. Traces of wire reinforcement in the inner edge. two rivets survive. The surface has a black/gold patina with pitting.
- Production date
- 1000BC - 800BC (circa)
Length: 120 millimetres
Thickness: 38 millimetres
Width: 68 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Previously this handle was attached to vessel 1854,0714.313 as part of a reconstruction now no longer believed to be correct. Archive black and white images show this old reconstruction.
Type Portglenone are typical of Leed's (1930) Class A2 cauldrons. Like all Class A2 cauldrons they are constructed of three sheets, one for the base and two of the top tier, however the relationship between the three sheets is more varied than in previous Classes A0 and A1, with all three combinations being represented. A conoidal shape of the body is retained from earlier types. The ring handles are circular and of circular cross-section. The handle attachments differ greatly from previous types; the arch still has three rounded ribs but these are now flanked by two well-defined side flanges either of the same height or standing proud of the ribs.
Type Portglenone have a wide distribution and have been found in Ireland, Sctoland, South-Eastern England and North-West and Western France. All Irish finds, apart from the fragments from the Dowris hoard, were found complete, where all British and nearly all Continental finds were deposited as fragments.
Part of a hoard. Found in a bog during the 1820s. The hoard included five swords; chape, purse-shaped; one spearhead, lunate-shaped openings in the wings; 34 spearheads, plain leaf-shaped; 35 axes (G. Eogan, The Socketed Bronze Axes in Ireland, Prehistorische Bronzefunde IX, 22 (2000) nos. 88, 303-305, 363-365, 377, 409, 500, 596, 597, 776-784, 1154-1157, 1259, 1260, 1379, 1564, 1565, 1626-1630, 1704); socketed hammer; four socketed gouges, three socketed knives; four tanged knives; three razors (A. Jockenhövel, Die Raisermesser in Westeuropa, Prehistorische Bronzefunde VIII, 3 (1980), Nr. 190, 191, 195); bucket (S. Gerloff, Atlantic Cauldrons and Buckets, Prehistorische Bronzefunde II, 15, no. 95); base of bucket (Gerloff, Prehistorische Bronzefunde II, 15, no. 102); two angle plates from base of bucket, probably insular type (Gerloff, Prehistorische Bronzefunde II, 15, no. 103); cauldron (Gerloff, Prehistorische Bronzefunde II, 15, no. 12); fragments of two cauldrons (Gerloff, Prehistorische Bronzefunde II, 15, nos. 20 a. b; 43); seven horns, end blow; nine horns, side blow; 48 crotals; tube with expanded circular foot; object with round bulbous head and somewhat triangular shaped blade; part of flat axe; three pieces of hollow "bronze" tube; two lumps of waste bronze; six sandstone pieces.
Artefacts in the British Museum: 1853,1121.1-2; 1854,0714.9-20; 1854,0714.27; 1854,0714.32-33; 1854,0714.174-182; 1854,0714.217; 1854,0714.219-223; 1854,0714.229-230; 1854,0714.267-275; 1854,0714.278; 1854,0714.282-285; 1854,0714.288-291; 1854,0714.313-315; 1883,0218.1-10 (10 or 11); 1883,0218.12-15; 1883,0218.17- 18; 1883,0218.41; the sheet fragment 1854,0714.357 had previously been listed as part of the hoard but this cannot be proven)
Artefacts in the National Museum of Ireland (SA. 57 i.A; SA. 57 i.A No. 1-4; 1881:1; 1882:40; R. 1981. 1985. 1986.; W. 1. 11. 35. 52. 66. 137 [B. 34]. 280-282).
Also see: Jockenhövel, PBF VIII, 3 (1980) 72 f. Nr. 190. 191. 195 Taf. 11, 190. 191. 195; 94-96, A; Eogan, Hoards 117 ff. no. 119 figs. 64-79; S. Gerloff, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries Ireland (Dublin) 116, 1986 no. 20; Eogan 2000 (Appendix C: H20, p. 218)
Eogan 2000. Appendix C: H20, p. 218
Gerloff, S. 2010. Atlantic Cauldrons and Buckets of the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Ages in Western Europe. Präehistorische Bronzefunde II, 18. Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart, Stuttgart.
Leeds, E. T. 1930. A Bronze Cauldron from the River Cherwell, Oxfordshire, with notes on cauldrons and other bronze vessels of allied type. Archaeologia 80, 1 - 36.
Needham, S. 1990. The Petters Late Bronze Age metalwork: an analytical study of Thames Valley Metalworking in its settlement context. British Museum Occasional Paper 70. London.
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