heavydoom wrote:question : since the pots and the lids were strewn all over the place, i presume, how would they know what lid would fit which pot of similar shape? some to me, based on the pics, look to me that they had the wrong lid on them.
also, the salt water must have affected the physical/chemical nature of the clay after all these years.
betta wrote:Logically, brine composed mainly of sodium salt and sodium is one of elements with the smallest molecule size. So basically it can penetrate anything if it is given enough time (especially over years). I think the taste of brewed tea in those pots will be somewhat "weird" at the beginning of the usage due to this.
Theoretically it is possible to get rid of these mineralisation (precipitation and crystallisation of salt) effect. What the archaelog cleaned there is only the outer surface, but what remained in the micropore of the pot requires intensive cleaning and patience.
hop_goblin wrote:Thanks for the analysis! Great!
Drax wrote:hop_goblin wrote:Thanks for the analysis! Great!
I don't agree. I could write several pages explaining the principles of dissolving ionic solids and reversible crystal formation, but I don't think anybody really cares about that stuff.
Bottom line for me is that $320-$800 is a lot to pay for a pot, even if it's 150 years old. I'm sure plenty of antique collectors are drooling over the possibilities, whether they would brew tea in it or not.