Trawsfynydd Tankard

Trawsfynydd Tankard
  • Little is known of the circumstances of the discovery of the Trawsfynydd tankard other than it was discovered in peat near Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd during the early nineteenth century.
  • The tankard was probably used for drinking beer or mead. It belongs to the Late Iron Age (50BCAD75).
  • Due to its burial within peat, the wooden body of the tankard is well preserved. It is made of ten yew staves with a circular wooden base. Strips of bronze secure the staves, and the wood body is covered with a bronze sheet.
  • The cast bronze handle includes an S-shaped openwork design. It is attached to the body of the tankard with two pairs of rivets. Each rivet forms the centre of a triskele spiral with a trumpet-shaped end.
  • This tankard illustrates the late La Tène style of decoration and regularly appears in books on the Iron Age.
  • Its discovery within peat, which was probably a bog during the Iron Age, fits into a long tradition of ritual deposition in Britain, during the Bronze and Iron Ages.
  • At the National Museum Cardiff examples of similar tankard handles, from the Seven Sisters' hoard, Neath-Port Talbot are on display.
  • The tankard is the size of a mug, 180-184mm in diameter and 142mm in height.