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Reference Name LCNCC : 2005.140.2

rim fragment of late Roman lead tank with evidence of deliberate dismantling

Physical Dimensions:

  • length: 350mm
  • width: 280mm
  • height: 5mm
  • diameter: mm

Material: lead

Condition: good

Completeness: %

Period: Roman (Britain)

Place Name: Calcethorpe with Kelstern

Place Name: Lincolnshire

Place Name: UK

Commentary: Two fragments of a Roman lead font. The panels are both flat roughly rectangular panels, clearly from the same original tank, which fit together at the rim and again towards the bottom. Both panels have a slightly expanded rim decorated with a row of incised chevrons, and one of the panels has a moulded vertical double-cable motif. The upper edges of the rims of the panels show a series of linear marks made by a chisel as the initial strikes to split the tank were made from above. Along the inside edges of the panels are a number of complete chisel marks and sides of the panels consist of further clean linear chops. The complete chisel marks show a consistent blade width of 61mm. Once the sides were split from the tank the panels were then joggled until they fractured at the base. This is represented by their extremely jagged tears, and also from a warped chisel mark at the base of one of the panels, showing that it was joggled after cutting. The panels were discovered in a stratified context, and consequently a 4x3m trench was opened up centred on the find spot, which revealed the remains of a shallow oval pit in which the panels were deposited. The panels neatly fitted into the pit, indicating that it was originally dug specifically to conceal the panels, rather than them being deposited in an pre-exisiting pit. Within Lincolnshire the Calcethorpe panels draw parallels to both the Caistor and the Walesby tank. The repeated chevron design on the rim is found on all three tanks, whilst the vertical double-cable motif on the face of the panel is only seen on the Walesby example. These designs are not uncommon and are seen on most of the other examples from England except for those from Ireby, Burwell and the fragment from Ashton (Guy 1981, 273). What is perhaps more significant is which common decorative elements are missing, namely the lack of horizontal bands. The decorated tank panel measures 40mm by 28mm. The undecorated tank panel measures 38mm by 27mm.


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