Last edited 04 Feb 2021


Archaeometallurgy, Guidelines for Best Practice, published by Historic England in 2015, defines a crucible as: ‘…a vessel to hold a metal while it is melted. Metals are melted to refine them or before casting them in moulds. Crucibles were usually made from refractory ceramics and, because they were exposed to high temperatures, the clay was sometimes partially vitrified.’

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