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From Carlingwark Loch, Kirkcudbrightshire

Postcard of Cauldron.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze cauldron was used to hold a hoard of tools, a few weapons, some high quality native craft work and a few Roman objects. It was cast into the loch as an offering to the gods, sometime between 80 and 200 AD.

The cauldron was made from thin plates of bronze riveted together. Although damaged in places, it is in good condition, preserving many of the rivets.

This cauldron was probably initially used for feasts given by an important leader. Feasting was one form of conspicuous consumption, designed to show off the power, wealth and status of the giver. Later the cauldron became a wealthy and fitting gift to the gods.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-793-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DW 1
Date: Between 80 and 200 AD
Material: Bronze; thin plates riveted together
Dimensions: 25.00" x 18.00"
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Carlingwark Loch
Description: Cauldron made of thin plates of bronze riveted together, from Carlingwark Loch
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