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Lampholder from Brough.
Lamp holder
Date Made/Found: 80-400 AD
Material and Medium: Lead
Dimensions: Length 140mm, maximum width 63mm
Place Object Found: Bradwell
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1997.40.4.BR81.108
This odd looking object is a lamp holder. It was excavated near the Roman fort at Brough in 1981. It was found in the civilian town or vicus next to the fort.

It is made of lead. The body is a lead sheet, folded to fit a pottery lamp. The two strips on the top are probably decoration. The handle on the right is made from a separate strip of folded lead. Several other lead lamp holders are known from this country. They provided an easy way of carrying the pottery lamps used by the Romans.

We know that the Romans mined and worked lead from the Peak District. There is evidence that the system of forts and roads in the area was used to manage and control the lead trade. There are signs of lead working at Brough. This might be the source of the lead used in making this lamp holder.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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