DOR-040EC5: Medieval to Post Medieval pot leg.

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Unique ID: DOR-040EC5

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An incomplete copper alloy pot leg probably from a skillet or cauldron dating to c.1100-1750. The leg is a long rod, which is sub-triangular in section and tapers to a broken terminal, the break is old and abraded. The opposite terminal is obliquely angled with a lip on the inner edge. The surface is a dark green-grey colour with traces of sooting from use in a hearth.

Reference: 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 about AD1100, 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would have had at least one metal cooking vessel....These vessels gradually passed out of use between 1700 and 1850, superseded by cast iron pots...".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
Date: Medieval to Post medieval
Dimensions: 64.01mm x 19.54mm (angled terminal) 12.89mm (broken terminal)
Weight: 47.97g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 64.01 mm
Width: 21.62 mm
Thickness: 19.54 mm
Weight: 47.97 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: Mrs Lucy Bevan

Other reference numbers

Other reference: FRS 71

Materials and construction

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

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

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Audit data

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

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