Do you remember the blog about those very large prehistoric pots from a couple months ago (November 29th, 2010 to be exact)? Well, once again, kudos to our curatorial staff who, while rehousing an artifact collection from a mid 17th-century site, noticed that two large reassembled portions of a ceramic cooking pan fit together to make one huge vessel. The North Devon gravel tempered pan is glazed on the interior portion and is square or rectangular in shape with a flat bottom and straight sides. It was probably used as an all-purpose (baking, basting, dripping) pan for the kitchen and may have originally had a spout on one edge for pouring grease, as some dripping pans do. This kind of pan is not uncommon, but the size of this particular pan (the side measures over 15 inches and is incomplete on both edges) is unique to the state collections.

Pan sherds as originally pieced together

Assembled side = 15+ inches and still going…


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