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strange remains.....any ideas?
#1
Aye up,
doing a bit of post-ex and wondering if anyone has any ideas on some strange remains we found.

Basically, close to a prehestoric settlement (probably Bronze-Age) we found a perfectly circular burnt area. The burnt area was approximately 10m across and seems to have been subjected to intense heat. Next to it was a huge pile of crude jar fragments, some of which had odd-looking plugs still surviving. The plugs had metal bits sticking into the jar which look oddly like crude 'leyden jars'

Any ideas?
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#2
Jack Wrote:Aye up,
doing a bit of post-ex and wondering if anyone has any ideas on some strange remains we found.

Basically, close to a prehestoric settlement (probably Bronze-Age) we found a perfectly circular burnt area. The burnt area was approximately 10m across and seems to have been subjected to intense heat. Next to it was a huge pile of crude jar fragments, some of which had odd-looking plugs still surviving. The plugs had metal bits sticking into the jar which look oddly like crude 'leyden jars'

Any ideas?

Hi Jack
I'm afraid more information is needed. This settlement that is "probably Bronze Age? What info exists on this? Also "crude jar fragments"? What date is this pottery? What form does your pottery specialist say it is? Are the plugs also ceramic? One important question is who are "we"? Are you attached to a unit or another archaeological group? The reason I ask is because your "layden jar" comment makes me suspicious that you are angling towards an "earth energy" function. If I'm wrong then sorry but your post is suspiciously "alternative archaeological".
Steven
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#3
No worries Steven,
the pottery is of a Bronze Age fabric, but of an unknown form, however the specialist has only briefly assessed it (the project hasn't gone to analysis yet). The plugs look organic, maybe wax or resin of some kind. I'm employed by a comercial unit, the layden jar idea is the only explanation anyone has come up with yet as the fragments look like crude batteries. This made me think of why there was so many and what did they power that would cause such a uniform burning pattern...?? Jump-starting a flying saucer maybe....Oh hang on its passed noon.......april fool (ish)
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#4
".....fragments look like crude batteries......."

Struggling here mateSmile
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#5
When you say burnt area are we talking burnt mound or huge hearth?
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#6
Sure farmer not been burning his hedge trimmings? Have seen a lot of burnt subsoil patches that can be explained by that, giveaway is that they tend to be near the modern field boundaries (.....or have I just been missing all the archaeology? Sad)
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#7
Please give some basic topographic and geological background for the feature....
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#8
Couple of questions:
1) Have you definitely established that the pots are related to the burnt feature?
2) What are the preservation conditions like? Interesting that surviving plugs might be organic - there could be other recoverable evidence of that ilk to help with interpretation.

P.S. Am just starting research for a dissertation on prehistoric perforated pots (oh yes, I know how to live alright). The thought of a Bronze Age hole with an in-situ plug, got me so over-excited that I nearly spilled my tea ("oo-er missus" x2). Please look out for my message!
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#9
I suspect april foolery Wink
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#10
Dagnabbit! At least you can't fault my enthusiasm. :o)
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