British Collections by Geographical Regions:


The collections at the Ashmolean Museum contain material from Wales covering a variety of periods.

These objects are a pair of cast bronze ‘spoons’, which date to the Late Iron Age (c. 50 BC - AD 100). They were found at Penbryn in Ceredigion in Wales. The spoons are wide and shallow with short decorated handles. It is thought that they may have been used for divining (telling the future), with liquid dripped from the spoon with the hole onto the divided spoon. These spoons are extremely rare with only ten other pairs known from Britain.

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Penbryn Spoons (AN 1836 p 147,508-9, NC 456-7) (Click to enlarge)

Pair of Spoons from Penbryn
(AN 1836 p 147,508-9)

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January 2012