Thursday 21 March 2024 at 7.30pm (This event has ended)

Taking Stock of the Pot: creating and recreating the Glenfield Iron Age Cauldrons

John S. Thomas, University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Over the winter of 2013/14 ULAS excavated a spectacular Iron Age settlement on the edge of Glenfield. The long-lived settlement comprised many roundhouses and enclosures, but the standout feature was its metalwork assemblage, marking it out as a very special place to Iron Age people. Among the many metal objects was a group of feasting cauldrons that had been deliberately buried after they had gone out of use. Recent work by conservators from Museum of London Archaeology and scientific experts from the British Museum has revealed how the cauldrons were made, used and maintained, providing a fascinating insight into Iron Age craftworking and social life. John will describe the excavation and analysis of these fascinating objects and explain how the information has been used to create a replica cauldron which will feature in a museum display of the settlement.

Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7EA

Entry to the talk is free of charge.

Detailed image of a circular repair patch on the base of a cauldron revealed during conservation by MOLA