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Copper Basin Bases

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Artifact Description

Although heavily damaged, four copper artifacts found stacked inside each other appear to be basins or cauldron/kettle bases whose upper surfaces no longer survive. The vessels’ sides taper slightly inwards towards the bases, which exhibit a pattern comprised of concentric circles. The examples feature the following measurements:

  • Total H. of all stacked basins 8.1 cm
  • H. of lower basin 5.0 cm
  • Diam. 23.4 cm
  • Total Th. 4.6cm
  • Th. basin A 1.03cm; Th. basin B 0.89cm; Th. basin C 0.96cm, Th. basin D 1.08cm 

Ship’s cooking cauldrons used in galleys, such as an example from the Danish frigate Mynden lost in 1719 off the island of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, northern Germany are typically twice the diameter of the site 35F examples. Yet two typologically comparable cauldrons are associated with the Danish merchant vessel the Sainte Dorothea, lost in 1693 at Villefranche-sur-Mer, near Nice, France. Another comparable kettle with heavy rivets along the sides has been excavated from the Swan off Duart Point, Scotland, in 1653, and an identical example is associated with the Vergulde Draeck, a VOC merchant vessel lost off Western Australia in 1656. The function and date of the 35F examples remain undetermined.

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