Help required to date a pot fragment please.

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Graham
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Hi
Detecting this weekend and had a good signal,removed a spadeful of soil and this pot fragment fell out. Remembering the posts a couple of weeks ago about some of your collections of pot fragments i thought i would pick it up. I then started looking for the target which had disappeared. I dug deeper and wider but no signal anywhere. I checked the mud on the spade and my boots, still nowt. I then decided to take out the pot fragment and see if that might have caused the original signal. Sure enough a good signal.
After washing it i could see the pot must have been used to melt lead in, as some is still firmly attached to the inside of what was a bowl. I just wondered if the pot might be from the same period as musket balls.
It's not a pot mend as there is no hole where the lead is.
Thanks for looking anyway.
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Very interesting find....Take a bump to the top to see if anybody an answer....
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Charles Abbeyville
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That's an odd one. Why is the lead 'round' because while molten it would have run into that rim, not solidified like that.
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Charles Abbeyville wrote: Tue Mar 12, 2024 12:43 pm That's an odd one. Why is the lead 'round' because while molten it would have run into that rim, not solidified like that.
It could be a chunk of lead was heated in the pot, but not quite enough for it to melt...I doubt the pot has held moulton lead previously or there would be other traces left...

I suspect this was not an attempt at casting lead, but some sort of accident/coincidence....
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But the idea of repairing pots was not a new one. In the 1800s, iron and copper pots were repaired by specialist pot repairers and travelling Tinkers. Tinkers were named after the ‘tink’ sound they made as they beat cold forged metal into the holes.

Even before this, there is evidence of pots being repaired in the Roman period. A popular method was to pour molten lead directly into the clay vessel to seal the hole with a plug of metal. Not a method recommended today! The plugs formed by this process are often found on archaeological digs and sometimes contain fragments of ceramic caught in the lead, which help to date the plugs. A safer method was to use copper alloy rivets to fill the holes and this can be seen on some surviving examples.
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