Based on a find from the ancient Greek settlement of Akrotiri, archaeologists found this pair of braiser amongst the ashes of a volcanic eruption that destroyed the town 1500 BCE. Like Pompeii, the blast was so great that it destroyed the settlement, and also, like Pompeii, it preserved a great deal of archaeological evidence in the process.
Positioned on a good trading route between Europe and the Middle East, Akrotiri had once been a prosperous and bustling urban centre. Where it is likely, vendors touted their freshly cooked street food to passing merchants and locals. Street traders would have cooked some of this food on portable kebab braziers like this replica. The original of which was discovered amongst the remains of this prehistoric Minoan port town.
Approx. 175 mm tall base to bull horns,130 mm base to ridged top, 300 mm length
This replica pair of Greek braziers or hobs have been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, based on an original artefact. It has been fired to emulate the actual Roman firing conditions, to a temperature of between 800°C & 1000°C, as the original potters would have done nearly two thousand years ago. This process often results in variations of the surface colour and texture, as is found with original Roman Pottery and giving each pot its unique character.
Health and Safety
This brasier is a Museum Quality Replica made using the tools and techniques that the Roman potter would have used during the Minoan era. As this is an unglazed item with a porous surface, it will absorb some of the flavours during the cooking process. So it does not meet modern Health and Safety standards, so we do not advise that it is used for cooking. When the Minoans cooked with this brasier, they would rely on applying sufficient heat to the ceramic to ensure that the high temperature killed all bacteria. They did this by slowly heating the ceramic to over 70°C and holding this temperature, or more, for at least 10 minutes. This process would have killed most disease-causing bacteria, and temperatures of 100°C would do even more.
If you choose to use your brazier for experimental archaeological purposes, then ensure you follow advice from your local fire services. You can find UK fire service information here
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