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« Reply #45 on: October 25, 2009, 07:54:32 PM »

Yeah but we know at least some of them had "musket balls"  or whatever they are attatched....ref Coleggwents pics.
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« Reply #46 on: October 25, 2009, 09:24:06 PM »

Yeah but there is one ball there, that cant be an accident, its obviously there for a reason
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« Reply #47 on: October 26, 2009, 02:37:49 PM »

yes ive seen a number of these i had a mate
and the musket ball was still connected
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« Reply #48 on: October 26, 2009, 04:43:08 PM »

Hi guys, thought you may be intereste in a reply I received off Mark Lodwick on this quest..lol.

Hi Rob,
 
I'm not too sure about the casting technology employed. Thinking about it, I agree with the idea that a three-dimensional mould would be more complicated than required. The mould would need to be square and in 4 sections - I am not aware of this type of mould being recovered archaeologically. However, I think that these items are casting residue and I don't believe that they were meant to be fired themselves.
 
I will make some enquiries and let you know.
 
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Good of Mark to look into this , I think we'd all agree.
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« Reply #49 on: October 27, 2009, 12:15:46 AM »

This is the email I sent Mark Ian. as you can see I didnt take any of the theories as my own, just thought I'd get an Expert outside opinion on the subject. I didnt think the other contributors to the thread would mind.


Hi Mark , sorry to bother you,
 
there is an interesting debate going on at Detecting wales at the moment over the six pronged musket ball moulds. can you shed some light on this for me.
 
Some claim these are the left overs of musket ball moulding, others say no as the mould would be overly and needlesly complex. then theres the theory that the cross shapes were fired from a type of large gun/cannon.
 
As you see from one of the pictures there is a musket ball still attached to the cross of lead. do you think it is at all possible that they killed two birds in one stone and produced a mould that would make musket balls and cannon shot in one go, then snipped the balls off.


hope that dispells any concerns you may have had.
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« Reply #50 on: October 27, 2009, 08:43:49 AM »

Well Done Rob for asking Mark. I was intending to bring it up at the next SCAN meeting again with him to try and find a definative answer.

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« Reply #51 on: October 27, 2009, 08:49:04 AM »

Good one Rob - it will be interesting to see what Mark says.  I think I have kept the one I found a while ago - nothing is attached to it though, it is just the 'star' on its own.  I am in the process of sorting out all the bits and bobs accumulated over time into their respective 'ages' - one of those dark night / wet weekend winter tasks!  Cheesy
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« Reply #52 on: October 27, 2009, 10:03:45 AM »

OK I will leave it to the experts.lol. Grin but with phils post the welsh museum said it was for moulding musket balls i wont be holding my breath for a conclusion. Cheesy Grin Grin Grin
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