YORYM-F8CE7D: Medieval to post-medieval cooking vessel leg

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VESSEL

Unique ID: YORYM-F8CE7D

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper-alloy pot leg from a cooking vessel of medieval to post-medieval date (1100-1800AD). The fragment is triangular in cross-section with a concave inner surface. The leg terminates in a flared 'hoof' with three 'toes', the centre of which is larger. The leg is broken just above the foot and the break is worn most likely through post-depositional processes. This would have been one of three legs with size and form suggesting a skillet or later form posnet (Butler, Green and Payne 2009, p.2)

The metal is rough and an orange brown colour with some light green patches. The fragment is 35.73mm in length, 25.95mm wide, 25.09mm thick and weighs 49.70g.

Copper alloy vessels were commonly used for cooking from AD1100 to the late 1700s where they were gradually phased out in favour of cast-iron pots and saucepans designed for kitchen ranges. Therefore it is difficult to closely date this object without any further archaeological context. Cooking vessels were cast using two piece moulds until the late 17th century and the introduction of sand-casting. Skillets could be cast using one piece moulding. Legs and handles were created in a single cast together with the body.

Class: Cooking Vessel
Sub class: Leg

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.73 mm
Width: 25.95 mm
Thickness: 25.09 mm
Weight: 49.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st September 2015 - Wednesday 30th September 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Kerrie Hoffman
Identified by: Miss Kerrie Hoffman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E04597

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: York (Unitary Authority)
District: York (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Acaster Malbis (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5944
Four figure Latitude: 53.88883564
Four figure longitude: -1.1038079
1:25K map: SE5944
1:10K map: SE54SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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