Posted by: itellhalif | July 7, 2016

What is this?

When archaeologists find an object they cannot identify they tend to assign it a cultic function.  During the last few days of our work in the Area A8 house we discovered on the floor a ceramic vessel that has a special form and structure.

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The vessel in situ

We cannot explain the function of this vessel and invite you to submit suggestions about its use.  Following are three views of the vessels:

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Any ideas?

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Responses

  1. Looks like an ancient samovar… hot coals in the central column heat the liquid in the surrounding vessel… tea anyone?

    • The central column is too narrow for anything but liquid or steam.

  2. Ancient bundt cake pan?

    • One of our suggestions is “a steamer” like the kind you use for vegetables.

  3. something to do with pumping gas?

    • Where is the handle? We think it’s “a steamer.”

  4. I think it looks like a ‘high tech’ funnel.

    • The form of wide in the bottom and narrow at the top suggests that it’s not a funnel but it must be some kind of a conduit for liquids or steam.

  5. Looks like an ancient samovar. Hot coals in center column heat liquid held by surrounding vessel…tea anyone?

    • Could be a “steamer.”


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