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Exhibition: 'Solomon's House in Oxford: : New Finds from the First Museum' display label

The earthware vessels constitute the most significant archaeological finds of chemical apparatus yet made in the British Isles. On the basis of the domestic shards associated with the crucibles, the date of dumping is likely to have been in the late eighteenth century.

There are eighteen open-mouthed, round chemical crucibles of a design that stretches from the fourteenth century to the modern era. Two crucibles are 'closed', that is, their curved sides return to a smaller diameter at the top.

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