Historical knowledge

The dating and origin of the silver cauldron

The Gundestrup Cauldron was probably made between 150 BC and the Birth of Christ. The figures are boldly embossed and decorated with carefully punched patterns. This sophisticated technique flourished in the centuries before the Birth of Christ among the Thracians, who lived in the area that is now Bulgaria and Romania. In style too the cauldron looks like Thracian silver work. However, several of the objects depicted are Celtic, such as the helmets and the Celtic war trumpet (carnyx). It is most likely that the cauldron was made where Celtic and Thracian peoples lived close together, probably in southwest Romania or northwest Bulgaria. We do not know how this magnificent piece of work reached Denmark. The riddles of the cauldron are yet to be completely solved.

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