The HUGE Lead Bucket Recovery! Medieval?

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On the small but perfectly formed 7.2-acre field that produced the Sceatta and Edward the Confessor penny was this lead bucket.
It registered a mind-blowing Earschplittenloudenboomer signal of 99 :shock:
As can be seen, the field conditions were quite good for detecting.

Apparently lead buckets have been used by the Romans onwards.
It took two of us to remove it from the field as it weighed at least 25-kilo's!
Anyway, here it is......

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That’s dedication to a signal. And it was empty!!??
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Well done on retrieving it :thumbsup:

Back in the early days of my short detecting life I also dig up a lead bucket. Not that big though and I wasn’t as keen on keeping it. It was buried in clay and took me the whole session to dig out, examine and carefully re-bury it. :D
That was before it discovered I could sell lead :o
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Emily wrote: Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:30 pm That’s dedication to a signal. And it was empty!!??
Yes Emily, it was empty but we HAD to dig it! :D
Ladybird66 wrote: Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:43 pm Well done on retrieving it :thumbsup:

Back in the early days of my short detecting life I also dig up a lead bucket. Not that big though and I wasn’t as keen on keeping it. It was buried in clay and took me the whole session to dig out, examine and carefully re-bury it. :D
That was before it discovered I could sell lead :o
We're going to smelt all the lead dwe've found to go towards our costs :D
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Well done, once you start to dig the curiosity sees it through. A £25 bucket! :thumbsup:
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Why on the earthly world would anyone make a bucket out of lead? :o

Good on ya for digging it out though. Once you go so far, you have to dig it out :D
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Oxgirl wrote: Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:53 am Why on the earthly world would anyone make a bucket out of lead? :o

Good on ya for digging it out though. Once you go so far, you have to dig it out :D
the Romans liked a good lead bucket or saltern :thumbsup:
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Little did the know they were helping to slowly poison themselves if used for carrying any drinking fluid in a lead bucket . :lol:
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The Romans took over the older Iron Age salt works around Nantwich, Middlewich and Droitwich, for example, and took salt production to a whole new level. They had huge saltern systems for extracting salt from the mined rock salt. Most of these were made of lead or lead alloy. Part of a soldiers pay would be made in this lead rich salt as well.
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Great find, Paul.
Would this be the kind of item a FLO would like to see, or are they all generic through the ages with no way of dating them ?
One of the first Time Team episodes, was a large Bronze bucket about 10 miles from where i live.
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I’m just wondering if there was a church nearby? Fonts were often lined with lead too :thumbsup:
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shaggybfc wrote: Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:37 am The Romans took over the older Iron Age salt works around Nantwich, Middlewich and Droitwich, for example, and took salt production to a whole new level. They had huge saltern systems for extracting salt from the mined rock salt. Most of these were made of lead or lead alloy. Part of a soldiers pay would be made in this lead rich salt as well.
Can`t understand why they`d want salt as a payment ? That`s another mineral that`s not good for us humans if you take excessive amounts into your body. I got told years ago by My doctor to Stop using Salt on my food because its already got too much of it put in by food manufacturers, and if you keep adding more on top,that`s pretty bad for your health.So of course I took his advice & not used salt since. When I go into my local Chippy and they ask me if I want Salt I always refuse. If you saw the amounts of salt they shake onto the chips you`d understand why; they must do about 5 or 6 hefty shakes and loads go onto the chips.. Gawd I cringe when I see it happening. :shock:
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Why wouldn`t you dig it?
The Lenborough hoard was in a lead vessel/bucket.
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Oxgirl wrote: Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:23 pm I’m just wondering if there was a church nearby? Fonts were often lined with lead too :thumbsup:
Good shout Cath, there is a Saxon/Norman church about 100 yards from the field.
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Interesting find...I wonder why it's not gone white? I have found a few lead bag seals that I can positively date to post 1854, and they are bone white...
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