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Late Medieval; late 15th - early 16th century
On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Daily Life and the Thames: Food
Iron spit, used for roasting meat over an open fire. Joints of meat or whole animals could be skewered onto spits like this one. The spit would have rested on a rack in front of the fire. The spit would be turned slowly to make sure that the meat cooked without burning. Foreigners were astonished by the range and quantity of meat consumed by medieval Londoners. Feasts often included peacock, swan, crane and heron, but dolphin, seal, and even owls and cuckoos were eaten on occasion.
L (overall) 1260 mm; (point) 120 mm; (axle) 75 mm; (blad) 950 mm; (crank) 185 mm. DM (point) 7- 12 mm
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