Ancient feasting and modern research: investigations the spectacular cauldrons from Chiseldon
Last week’s staff breakfast talk was delivered by Curator Jody Joy and Conservators Alexandra Baldwin and Jamie Hood. They presented the British Museum’s investigations and conservation of an Iron Age cauldron from Chiseldon.
To find out more information about the Chiseldon cauldrons, please check this link.
The exploration of this hoard is very important. Previously, many cauldrons were discovered in rivers so the investigations were based only on the artefacts. Because the Chiseldon cauldrons were so well-excavated, archaeologists’ ambition is try to reveal how they were made, the context of manufacture, how long they were used for, what they were used for and how, why and when they were deposited.
Following a few years of investigation, we now know more about their origin and utility. The Chiseldon cauldrons are dated between 200 – 50 BC and because of their unique decoration, they are very different from vessels examined so far. As well as, the objects were used not for everyday purposes, but especially for the Feasts.
To read more about the excavation and conservation of these cauldrons, please check this link.