WAW-B99374: Medieval to Post Medieval cooking vessel leg/foot (plan).

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Unique ID: WAW-B99374

Object type certainty: Certain
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Medieval or Post Medieval (12th to mid 19th centuries) cooking vessel leg or probably a handle: In plan the artefact is a copper alloy rod, which is oval in section. One terminal is broken but not recently. The opposite terminal is obliquely angled and the terminal forms part of the interior surface of the vessel. The edges of this terminal are broken, but not recently. The surface of the artefact is a dark green-grey colour with a carbon build up, but not on the interior terminal.

The artefact measures 69.29mm tall, 25.25mm wide across the interior break, 19.13mm thick at the interior edge and weighs 71.84g.

It is uncertain whether this is a slender leg of a cooking vessel such as a ewer, or a large handle, such as WAW-2F530C. The carbon build up suggests it was probably from a cooking vessel. It is also uncertain what type of vessel this item comes from, but Egan (1998) comments that commonly used cooking vessels in the Medieval period include skillets, ewers, and cauldrons. According to Butler, Green and Payne (2009), "From aboutAD 1100, cast copper alloy vessels...were commonly used for downhearth cooking, with the vessel sitting among the embers or suspended over the fire. All but the poorest medieval or post-medieval households would have had at least one metal cooking vessel....These vessels gradually passed out of use between 1700 and 1850, superseded by cast iron pots...".

Butler, R., Green, C. and Payne, N. 2009 'Cast copper-alloy cooking vessels' Finds Research Group AD700-1700 Datasheet 41

Egan G. 1998 The Medieval Household Daily Living c. 1150-c.1450 Museum of London, London, The Stationary Office

Class: Cooking
Sub class: Handle

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 69.29 mm
Width: 25.25 mm
Thickness: 19.13 mm
Weight: 71.84 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 4th October 2017 - Wednesday 7th February 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Wychavon (District)
Parish or ward: Ombersley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO8364
Four figure Latitude: 52.27388515
Four figure longitude: -2.25056798
1:25K map: SO8364
1:10K map: SO86SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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