Iron Age Spoons

Contributed by Shrewsbury Museum

These mysterious bronze spoons are almost always found in pairs and date from 800 BCE - 100 CE Until their discovery there were only 23 other known objects of this type. Their function is unknown. These mysterious bronze spoons, are almost always found in pairs, and date from 800 BCE to 100 CE. Iron Age finds are rare from Shropshire which makes this find all the more remarkable and it has been over 80 years since anybody has found any of these anywhere. Apart from one find in France, these spoons have only been discovered in Britain and Ireland. These spoons belong to a well known, if rare, type of Iron Age object. Both spoons are made from single sheets of metal. One spoon has an engraved design of a cross with a small circle highlighting where the two lines of the cross meet at the deepest part of the spoon. The other spoon is plain.

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  • 1. At 15:02 on 5 March 2010, juneledden wrote:

    Usually found in pairs, and 23 other objects of this type? So there is an odd one? Also I wish to ask if any of the other spoons found had similar cross lines marked inside the bowl of the spoon. Thank you for showing this interesting object. Comment from June Ledden.

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  • 2. At 13:59 on 23 July 2010, Kate Holtham-Oakley wrote:

    There have actually been 5 single ones found, it is presumed they are half of a pair. In most cases one spoon has a cross and the other a small hole.

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