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Archaeologists uncover Shakespeare's kitchen at dig in Stratford-upon-Avon


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« on: December 07, 2015, 01:16:35 am »

Archaeologists uncover Shakespeare's kitchen at dig in Stratford-upon-Avon
11:58, 28 NOV 2015 UPDATED 17:49, 28 NOV 2015
BY ANTONIA BANNISTER
The discovery means that new accurate drawings of New Place in Stratford could be commissioned by The Shakespeare Birthplace



The Shakespeare Birthplace TrustArchaeologists have now uncovered the kitchen area of New Place, Shakespeare's home for twenty years
Archaeologists in Stratford-upon-Avon have made a massive discovery at the site of Shakespeare’s former home .

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust announced on Friday November 27 that the the team excavating New Place had uncovered the cold storage and hearth area of the house.

This kitchen area had been lost under layers of earth for hundreds of years.
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Archaeologists have now uncovered the kitchen area of New Place, Shakespeare's home for twenty years
The findings, made by Staffordshire University’s Centre of Archaeology, now mean that new evidence-based drawings of the site can be commissioned to accurately depict the size of the building and what it would have looked like back in the 16th Century.

New Place was Shakespeare’s home for twenty years at the height of his career .

It was the largest single residence in the borough of Stratford-upon-Avon.

In 1597 it was purchased for £120 in 1597 and had a Great Chamber and Gallery, as well as over 20 rooms and 10 fireplaces.
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Archaeologists have now uncovered the kitchen area of New Place, Shakespeare's home for twenty years
Dr Paul Edmondson, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Head of Research and Knowledge, said: “Finding Shakespeare’s ‘kitchen’ proved to be a vital piece of evidence in our understanding of New Place.

“Once we had uncovered the family’s oven we were able to understand how the rest of the house fitted around it.

“The discovery of the cooking areas, brew house, pantry and cold storage pit, combined with the scale of the house, all point to New Place as a working home as well as a house of high social status.”

Julie Crawshaw, Project Manager of Shakespeare’s New Place, said: “The Trust knows just how powerful this site is, not just because of what will be seen above the ground, but also because of the history which lies underneath.

“This will be shared in our exciting re-telling of New Place, where visitors will be able to discover Shakespeare on the very ground where his family home stood, imagined through specially commissioned, extraordinary art works, creative landscaping.”

The site is on track to open in Summer 2016 as part of the celebrations to mark 400 years since the famous playwright’s death.

The £5.25m project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England and through public donations.
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