Medieval London

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This MS depicts a man warming his feet over the open fire. What seems to be a metal cooking pot hangs over the fire. It is right to assume that the woman of the household had started the fire prior to the man returning home.

This particular scene displays communal dining in the medieval period. Multiple cooking pots were used to in order to serve larger groups of people. The cooking areas in houses were also many times in the same rooms in which people did other…

This particular cooking pot is made of copper alloy and was excavated in London. Because this cooking pot is made of metal, it was most likely only used by the wealthy. The three legs allowed for the pot to be placed directly over the open fire.

This particular cooking pot was produced sometime in the Saxo-Norman period; that is, between the middle of the eleventh to the middle of the twelfth centuries. This pot is ceramic, 80 mm (about 3.15 in.) in height, 123 mm (about 4.84 in.) in…
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