Roman metalwork


As well as using metals for coins, tools and fixings, jewellery, sculpture, and military arms and armour, the Romans created a range of vessels for religious offerings and daily use.

Among bronze vessels at Canterbury Roman Museum are an oil lamp, ewer with animal handles, jug for pouring offerings, bowl (flattened over centuries of burial), and fragments of a bowl and jug dating from the second century AD found with a cremation burial at Chislet in 2003. The latter was found by a metal detectorist, as was the rare bronze balsamarium or container for oil or perfume recently loaned to the museum.


Roman metalwork on display at Canterbury Roman Museum

Roman metalwork

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Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Christmas eve and New Years eve closing at 4pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


How to find us

Canterbury Roman Museum
Butchery Lane, CT1 2JR

The impressive pillared entrance is in Butchery Lane and very close to the cathedral. Access to the Roman level via lift, then level access throughout museum.

Phone: 01227 785575