Sheepen Cauldron (Colchester)
The Sheepen cauldron is the earliest known bronze cauldron from Britain.
This late Bronze Age cauldron is formed from riveted bronze plates with cast bronze ring handles dating from around 1100 B.C.
Where was it found?
It was buried on its side in a pit on the Hilly Fields at Sheepen, Colchester at some point between 1275 BC and 1140 BC, possibly as a religious offering.
This object was found at Sheepen Hill, Colchester, Essex in 1932.
What might the cauldron have been used for?
Cauldrons like this were used for feasts which played an important part in the social life of Bronze Age and Iron Age communities.