COULDRON: A large metal vessel for cooking, usually with a round base, heavy flange rim, and handles for suspending it over a fire. Examples date from the European Late Bronze Age, with especially important ones from Urartu (an ancient country of southwest Asia). In the Iron Age, they were sometimes made of silver. Cauldrons were usually made of sheet bronze riveted together and having two to four handles. Cauldrons were a sign of great wealth or power.