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It depends what's in the vial. A medieval alchemist would have had the materials and skill to seal their potion in a glass ampoule (if they wanted to; newbielink:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampoule#Historic_ampoules [nonactive]).I wouldn't expect biological material to remain intact or viable for that long, but it could certainly be possible (for instance: newbielink:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldest_viable_seed [nonactive] or newbielink:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endospore#Reactivation [nonactive])Ultimately, if it is central to the plot of your work of fiction, the reader will just have to suspend their disbelief (I have seen much less likely plot mechanisms in some really good novels...)
apparently a wax seal is sufficient ... newbielink:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speyer_wine_bottle [nonactive]
... The liquid in question is human blood, diluted with water and mixed with certain herbs as a preservative ...
... The blood contains antibodies which will be used to develop a drug, an antibiotic, if you will, when discovered in modern times ...
Quote from: RD on 16/04/2015 20:55:35apparently a wax seal is sufficient ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speyer_wine_bottleThank you. That is exactly how I handled it in my book. But, because the liquid was partially human blood, the reviewers didn't buy. As has been suggested, it may be that I have to ask my readers to suspend belief on this if I am going to finish this work.Bob
apparently a wax seal is sufficient ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speyer_wine_bottle