History books are full of interesting facts about the lives of famous people — they sometimes know so much that among this information, you can find a list of their favorite dishes. At the same time, about ordinary people little is known, but researchers from the University of Bristol has filled in those gaps. Thanks to chemical analysis of ceramic cookware, they first determine exactly what to eat medieval commoners of England.
Fragments of dishes were found in the village of West cotton, which is in the County of Northamptonshire. According to the archaeologists, the age of the finds is about 1450 years old, and they first prove that the diet of the peasants was not limited to a dull succession of peas, cereals and vegetation. On the contrary, ordinary people sometimes had the opportunity to eat livestock and even fresh cheese.
In the course of the research, archaeologists focused on finding the fats and oils on ceramic kitchenware. The choice fell on him, because ceramics are particularly valuable in this kind of research — it was widely used, and its porous structure easily absorbs and keeps long organic remains.
After studying the findings, the researchers came to the conclusion that the English common people would often have a stew — it pieces of meat of cattle and sheep, as well as mixtures of leafy vegetables like cabbage and onions. Very occasionally on the tables of peasants could receive pork, but in very small amounts.
In addition, one quarter of the ceramic ware was used to store dairy products. Most likely, the peasants consumed a lot of cheese, because everything is possible, judging by the contents of dishes they had.
If you dig deeper into the story, diet food human right was reflected on his face. To see how varied people for thousands of years, in this interesting video.