John Colby wrote:
> Could it be that the wic produced in one place was a distinguishing
> feature or was of better quality so that place was known by the
> product (think Sheffield Steel)?
Strange as it may seem to archaeologists, this is the subject matter of a
different branch of scholarship, and it may be more productive to consult
that literature rather than thinking stray random thoughts:
Richard Coates, "New light from old wicks: the progeny of Latin 'vicus'",
Nomina, vol. 22 (1999) pp. 75-116.