DOR-8A7A88: Medieval pot leg.

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Unique ID: DOR-8A7A88

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper alloy leg from a tripod cooking vessel dating to c.1200-1500. The leg is sub-triangular with a triangular cross section. It tapers from the top where it was attached to the vessel to the foot. The outer surface has five high raised parallel ridges running longitudinally to approximately three quarters of the way down where there is a rounded transverse collar dividing the leg and the foot, below the collar it narrows and tapers to a rounded foot, the foot is slightly flattened and worn at the tip. The reverse is flat and undecorated. The surface is slightly blackened from use.
Date: Medieval.
Height: 87.70mm
Width: 31.11mm (tapering to 14.91mm)
Thickness: 21.82mm.
Weight: 163g
Geoff Egan (Egan G. 1998 The Medieval Household Daily Living c. 1150-c.1450 Museum of London, London, The Stationary Office) comments that commonly used cooking vessels in the Medieval period include skillets, ewers, and cauldrons. According to Butler, Green and Payne (Butler, R., Green, C. and Payne, N. 2009 'Cast copper-alloy cooking vessels' Finds Research Group AD700-1700 Datasheet 41), "From about AD 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would have had at least one metal cooking vessel....These vessels gradually passed out of use between 1700 and 1850, superceded by cast iron pots...".

Class: Leg/foot

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 87.7 mm
Width: 31.11 mm
Thickness: 21.82 mm
Weight: 163 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 7th October 2018

Rally details.

This object was found at Piddletrenthide October 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Lucy Bevan
Identified by: Ms Sarah Kelman
Secondary identifier: Mrs Lucy Bevan

Other reference numbers

Other reference: FRS 56

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SY7199
Four figure Latitude: 50.78983684
Four figure longitude: -2.41278403
1:25K map: SY7199
1:10K map: SY79NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DOR
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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