Without written evidence it is difficult to discover what these large spoons were used for. But by studying where they were found and the particular patterns on the spoons, archaeologists can come to some conclusions about their use. It is almost certain that they were not used for eating or serving everyday food; they were probably used for special rituals or ceremonies. The spoons were found by a farmer digging in a bog near a natural spring. They were buried under 30-50 cm of peat and were about 200-250 cm apart. Objects were offered as sacrifices in bogs, lakes and rivers in the Iron Age and the spoons' location suggests that they might have been used in rituals. Spoons like these are usually found in pairs and one spoon always has a small hole on the right side. The other spoon does not have a hole, but is always decorated with a cross which divides the bowl into four quarters. Why? It has been suggested that something, perhaps water, blood or beer, might have been allowed to drip through the hole in one spoon onto the other spoon during attempts see into the future.

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  • Title: Bronze spoons
  • Date Created: -200/50
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 117.80mm; Weight: 76.60g; Width: 71.60mm; Thickness: 1.80mm (edge)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: chased; incised; drilled
  • Registration number: 1869,1211.2
  • Place: Found/Acquired Crosby Ravensworth
  • Period/culture: Iron Age; La T
  • Material: copper alloy
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum