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stone vessels/lamps/bowls

Postby oleg on Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:29 am

Hi,

I've seen examples of stone bowls in some BBC program. It was said that such bowls were used during viking age as lamps.
Has anyone seen such lamps in Ireland for the period? I've got a reference in Edwards, however without dating info.

The object is quite simple, so I'm sure it does not attract much attention for books of publication, even if they were pretty common. However, the question is: were they common?

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Re: stone vessels/lamps/bowls

Postby oleg on Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:25 pm

Perhaps, the question is answered in
M.J. Moore, ‘The stone and pottery lamps’, in Hurley and Scully, Late Viking age and medieval Waterford, 432–6: 435.

Has anyone access to it?
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Re: stone vessels/lamps/bowls

Postby oleg on Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:44 pm

or in this paper:
http://www.jstor.org/pss/25508860

PS: I've got the paper. It really describes Irish cresset-stones with pictures & sizing info.
I was a bit surprised with the form, it's "chalice"-like, similar to medieval examples. I was expecting to see something archaic.
Dating information is based on 2 excavated Dublin examples.
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Re: stone vessels/lamps/bowls

Postby oleg on Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:18 pm

BTW, there is a short and effective article on lamps and other lightning stuff:
http://www.markland.org/docs/lettherebelight.pdf
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Re: stone vessels/lamps/bowls

Postby brendan on Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:19 pm

thanks for that paper...now I want to make light sources and test how objectionable the smell is :D
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Re: stone vessels/lamps/bowls

Postby Billy on Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:56 pm

Frytex makes a good alternative if you can't buy lard.
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Re: stone vessels/lamps/bowls

Postby oleg on Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:03 am

Brendan, probably, would go for cod-liver oil or something more smelly :D .
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Re: stone vessels/lamps/bowls

Postby brendan on Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:57 pm

what you want is something smelly enough to keep the public away at a gig:)
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