- 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 can be seen today on display in the Origins Gallery, National Museum Cardiff (on loan from the National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool Museum.)
- 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
- This tankard illustrates the late La Tène style of decoration and regularly appears in books on the
- 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.