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|Description ||THE BERTH CAULDRON
A large bronze cauldron (c. 1st. Century AD) was found at the point where the small brook, which runs into the Berth Pool, intersects the south side causeway. This was probably a votive offering but there are other theories relating to this.
After the bronze cauldron was found in 1906 the Society of Antiquaries of London put forward a suggestion in 1907 that the cauldron was a water clock. This was because of the peculiar nature of the cauldron. Unlike most other vessels of this type, the Berth cauldron had a neat round hole, .5 cm in diameter in the middle of its base. These were known of in other parts of the world but not thought to be used here.
My theory is that, if it was made as a votive offering and not for domestic or chronological use, the hole was there to help it sink! Just a thought.
(The cauldron is now in the British Museum)
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