DOR-AC03DE: Medieval to Post Medieval vessel leg

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Unique ID: DOR-AC03DE

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper alloy leg from a cauldron or skillet., broken across the leg. The underside of the foot is D-shaped in cross-section. The leg rises above and is D-shaped in cross-section at the (old) break. A prominent midrib runs along the centre of the leg to the front. The foot is crudely cast and there are numerous voids in the fabric.

Date: Medieval to Late Post-Medieval (1200-1800)
Dimensions: 52.07 mm x 51.06 mm x 25.71 mm
Weight: 221 g

Crudely made cast copper alloy vessels were widely used from c.1200-1800 for serving and cooking. Butler and Green (2003; 15) state 'there is evidence that (cast copper alloy) metal cooking vessels became increasingly common during the 13th and 14th centuries'. While certain specialist cast copper alloy vessels such as skillets remained in use later 'bronze cauldrons in general seem to have been superseded in the early years of the 18th century when their place was taken by cast-iron vessels which were cheaper to make and more durable to use.' (ibid: 22).

Class: Cauldron or skillet
Sub class: Leg

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to Landowner

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Exactly AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 52.07 mm
Width: 51.6 mm
Thickness: 25.71 mm
Weight: 221 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
Identified by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCMS 017507

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Powerstock (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SY5297
Four figure Latitude: 50.77058722
Four figure longitude: -2.6820551
1:25K map: SY5297
1:10K map: SY57NW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DOR
Created: 9 months ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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