Clay pots? Wood spoons? Copper pots? Silver forks? What supplies has man used for making kitchen utensils all through historical past? A brand new examine now sheds gentle on the usage of kitchen utensils manufactured from copper.
At first thought, you wouldn’t count on a whole bunch of years outdated bones from a medieval cemetery to have the ability to inform you very a lot — not to mention something about what sorts of kitchen utensils have been used to organize meals.
However whenever you put such a bone within the fingers of Professor Kaare Lund Rasmussen, College of Southern Denmark, the bone begins to speak in regards to the previous.
A warehouse filled with bones
“For the primary time, we have now succeeded in tracing the usage of copper cookware in bones. Not in remoted instances, however in lots of bones over a few years, and thus we are able to determine tendencies in historic use of copper within the family,” he explains.
The analysis group has analyzed bones from 553 skeletons which might be between 1200 and 200 years outdated. All of them come from 9, now deserted cemeteries in Jutland, Denmark and Northern Germany. The skeletons are at the moment stored at Schloss Gottorf in Schleswig, Germany and on the College of Southern Denmark.
A few of the bones examined are from Danish cities equivalent to Ribe and Haderslev, whereas others are from small rural communities, equivalent to Tirup and Nybøl.
Your physique wants copper
The component copper may be traced in bones if ingested. Copper is required for the physique to operate; it’s, amongst different issues, concerned in quite a lot of metabolic…