Viking-period lead trough for processing cat pelts

This is one of the two large lead vessels from Whithorn.  They were found in association with a number of cat skulls and bones which showed signs of skinning.  Cat fur was a popular edging on tunics and cloaks and these lead troughs were used for the preparation (soaking and dyeing) of cat pelts.   Vessel or trough of lead sheet.  Oval in shape, the sides have been squashed and folded in - probably the result of burial.  The rim is turned and may have secured a wooden hoop.  There are a number of perforations round the rim.
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WTMS001a; WTMS001b; WTCO001c
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circumference 1.60m
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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