Im new to this so ill just go straight ahead and ask.
Ive been diging up what i thought was a patio in my garden and it turns out its actually the floor of an old cottage that used to be here! i know the cottage existed in the late 1800s due to ordinance survey maps.
Its about the same size as a standard chickens egg, hard as stone, relitivley smooth and really cold.
I live in an old farming village in north lincolnshire, there has been evidence found that humans have had a settlement here since the bronze age aparently.
Any insights or help would be terriffic!
Very nice find.
I am no archaeologist, but I believe farmers used to have china eggs to put in hens nests to help them get broody - or something like that. Maybe somebody else can confirm or correct that.
I agree Mike
A pot chickens egg to encourage them to lay!
Probably an antique.
If they are pottery/china, they'll be hollow. Otherwise, when it is being fired, it would crack. The hole likewise is necessary, with an otherwise enclosed cavity, to prevent cracking. These things are probably made in two halves (like a chocolate Easter egg) and 'slipped' together, if I may use a bit of pottery-making lingo! Then they'll be first-fired to make them hard, then glazed and re-fired. I would guess the hole would also be used as a means of suspending the egg while firing the glaze - the egg being stuck on a vertical high-melting-point wire prong.
Deffinaly not natural history then ha ha! thank you for the detailed and interesting explination though.
Its not hollow, i hit it with my garden fork with some force when i found it and when tapped on a hard surface it feels like stone.
Nice little curio from the past i suppose
Not solid - interesting; don't know what to make of that. What happens inside that hole (depth/width)?
I'd agree, I use pot eggs for my hens. They're nearly always hollow with a hole in, though I'm not sure about the very old ones.
Tell me more about hens - we have 3 that have been laying for just about two years now at an average of 3 eggs/day. However, over the last few months this has dropped of to 2/day - so one appears to have stopped laying. Have never used a pot egg - might this work on the non-layer?
She might have stopped laying, some do that after a while. Pot eggs are not anything which help a chicken start laying again, they just replicate an egg when they are broody and so they have something to sit on! You might be unlucky that she has stopped laying - I was lucky in the way I have a 9 year old hen who only recently stopped laying.