Crucible and iron tongs

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From Traprain Law, East Lothian

Postcard of Crucible and iron tongs.
© National Museums Scotland

Crucible and iron tongs

This clay crucible and iron tongs were found at the native hillfort site of Traprain Law in East Lothian. They were used sometime between 100 and 400 AD in metalworking.

The tongs are broken at the end, but basically in good condition. The crucible is triangular in shape, to allow easy pouring of the metal. Both objects differ little from modern metalworking equipment.

Early evidence of metalworking consists of crucibles, used by metalworkers to melt bronze, brass, lead, silver or gold, and moulds into which the molten metal was poured. Occasionally other tools, such as the tongs which held the hot crucible, survive.

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Online ID: 000-100-040-119-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GVM 575
Date: Between 0 and 400 AD
Iron Age
Material: Iron; imperfect
Dimensions: 142 mm max L
28 mm H x 35 mm max D
What: Crucible
Tongs, crucible
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Traprain Law
Scotland, East Lothian, Traprain Law
Description: Iron Age crucible tongs from Traprain Law
Triangular crucible from Traprain Law
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