Cooking and storage jars were produced in large numbers throughout the Roman empire and often make up a significant proportion of the finds on any Roman site.
These humble vessels are a treasure trove of information for researchers as they have provided us with invaluable information about the foods eaten during the Roman era. The residue of burnt food has been discovered inside cooking pots from Dorset and Silchester, allowing chemical analysis to identify what the Romans had been cooking.
Balanced on a metal trivet over a charcoal fire, they would have been used to cook foods such as stewed meats, fruits and porridge.
This replica Roman pot has been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, based on an original artefact. It has been fired to emulate the authentic 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 post its unique character.
Health and Safety
This is a Museum Quality Replica made using the tools and techniques that would have been used during the Roman era. As this is an unglazed pot with a porous surface, it will absorb some of the flavours during the cooking process, which does add to the flavour of future dishes. However, it also means that this pot does not meet modern Health and Safety standards, and therefore we do not advise that it be used for cooking. When the Romans cooked in these pots, they would apply sufficient heat to the pot and contents to ensure that all bacteria were killed. Heating to over 70°C for at least 10 minutes would have killed most disease-causing bacteria, and temperatures of 100°C would do even more.
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