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Roman Wells?; What were they like?
Topic Started: Sep 13 2007, 10:29 AM (472 Views)
David Ingham
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Hi Bryan,

Pots with holes drilled in the base (and sometimes the vessel wall) turn up all over the country. I had 27 of them with between 1 and 10 holes in the base from a site near Cambridge a couple of years ago, including 17 from a single deposit. No-one's really sure what they were used for - a popular idea is that they were strainers or presses for making cheese, but they have also been interpreted as steamers for brewing beer (examples have been found at maltings in Peterborough and Suffolk), charcoal heaters, proto-Bunsen burners for use in metalwork, timing devices, or part of the dyeing process. Some people have suggested they had a 'ritual' function, which basically confirms that no-one knows what they were - getting water out of a tank seems as good an explanation as any!

David
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