- Museum number
Copper alloy cauldron handle clip. Fragment of the handle attachment. Has three round ribs with two low side-flanges that is characteristic of this type. A small part of the rim-grip still survives on the foot of the attachement. The form matches the other handle attachment (1981,1104.49) found in the Petters hoard and are probably of the same vessel. The fragment is in good condition with a dark green patina.
- Production date
- 1000BC - 800BC (circa)
Length: 36.50 millimetres
Weight: 17.90 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Found as part of the Petters Field hoard (Needham 1990, 3-18) - small fragment of of folded sheet bronze covered with long tool marks, possibly for an Atlantic bucket or cauldron, two south-eastern socketed axes and seven fragments, four Southern English ribbed socketed axes and four fragments, two Stogursey socketed axes and two fragments, two faceted socketed axea and three fragments, five other socketed axe fragments, Thorndon socketed knife and five fragments, Minnis Bay type sickle fragment, socketed and miscast sickle fragment, two socketed gouges, eleven Ewart park sword fragments, ten carp's tongue sword fragments, decorated spearhead (type Watford), two spearhead fragments, reworked purse-shape chape, bugle shaped object, C-shaped bracelet, roll-headed pin and cast waste.
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.
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.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: SF.82