Handle of a saucepan

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Handle of a saucepan

This hollow fluted shaft with a terminal in the form of a ram’s head was found during the rebuilding of central Exeter following the bomb damage of World War II. It comes from a patera - a small saucepan.

This piece was published by Neil Holbrook, Director of the Cotswold Archaeological Trust and sometime Time Team personality. He pointed out that the style of the piece indicates a date before about AD 75, so it belongs to the period of the military occupation of Exeter. It presumably formed part of the equipment of a legionary soldier.

Publication: N. Holbrook, 1986 ‘A Roman Patera Handle from Exeter’, Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society No. 44, pp 181-2.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum

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