WAW-DA0534: Medieval to Post Medieval cooking vessel leg (plan).

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Unique ID: WAW-DA0534

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A Medieval or Post Medieval (12th to mid-19th century) cooking vessel leg: The leg is sub-rectangular which has broken upper and lower edges, these breaks are not recent. The outer face has a prominent central, vertical ridge. In profile the reverse of the leg is vertical. The surface has an incomplete mottled matte mid green coloured patina. There are carbon deposits, probably soot from the fire, including on the lower break.

The leg measures 30.92mm in length, 51.02mm width, 12.41mm thick across the base of the foot and weighs 91.76g.

It is uncertain what type of vessel this leg 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 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would have had at least one metal cooking vessel....These vessels gradually passed out of use between 1700 and 1850, superseded by cast iron pots...".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: Leg

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1275
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30.92 mm
Width: 51.02 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 2019 - Friday 19th July 2019

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: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP0739
Four figure Latitude: 52.04934765
Four figure longitude: -1.89933732
1:25K map: SP0739
1:10K map: SP03NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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