Date Made/Found: 80-400 AD
Material and Medium: Lead
Dimensions: Length 49mm, width 44mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: 1997.40.4.BR83.236
These lead offcuts were found during excavations near the Roman fort at Brough between 1980 and 1983. They were found in the civilian town or vicus next to the fort.
Lead from the Peak District was probably first used in prehistory. The lead veins, called rakes, are found at the surface. Mining was not necessary until later. It was the Romans who started to use the lead in an organised way. They probably also used the surface rakes as their source. The lead was smelted and cast into ingots called pigs. It was then exported to the main towns. The system of roads and forts in the area allowed the Romans to manage and control the trade in lead.
The fort at Brough would have played its part in this important industry. Lead was probably used in the fort, perhaps for water pipes. These offcuts show that lead working was also happening on a small scale in the vicus.
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