Through studying tool marks, construction details, and original repairs to the objects that are being uncovered during cleaning, new information about how the vessels were made and used has been revealed. We now know, from the presence of residues, that many of the objects were used for cooking. Some vessels still retain soot from the hearth on the underside of the base, and thick accumulation of limescale on the interior of two vessels reveals that they were used as kettles for heating water. Through careful examination by our expert conservators, this evidence is being revealed for the first time in nearly 2,000 years.
This very important collaborative project has established a close professional relationship that did not previously exist between institutions, and is opening up wider international dialogue. The project is also enabling a collection of objects, which would not otherwise have been conserved, to be freed from corrosion products and viewed in a new light.