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18th century lab equipment unearthed

Laboratory equipment from the 18th century which was used by Joseph Black has been unearthed during a dig at the University of Edinburgh.

“While there will have been some clearance before the building was demolished, it seems a lot of materials were simply left there, perhaps because they had become out of date.

“We very strongly suspect that many of these items belonged to Joseph Black as they date back to 1766, when he was working at the college.”

“We have also found some very interesting ceramics, a type that so far is pretty much unrecorded, and we believe they were sent by Josiah Wedgwood. They are of the right date.

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Story: Victoria Raimes, Scotsman | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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