Finding a funnel

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When Darryl began to unearth this object from a collection of crushed pottery, we were excited that the item was essentially intact (and thus restorable). Initially, we thought it was the cover for a casserole.

essentially intact!

But when we taped the pieces together and showed it to our ceramic expert, he identified it as a Byzantine funnel (like this Roman kitchen funnel).

finnel

We have one more hint about the usage of the space!