DID CORNISH FOOD JUST TASTE BETTER?
An anthropological investigation into the migration of Gabbroic Clay and Vessels from the Lizard Peninsular to various locations across the UK 4500BC. Discussing our relationship with lost history, places and human development. Progressing ideas around son mat
(Hand Taste) mourning the fact I will never be able to cook an proper Neolithic meal. - also touches on the sad loss of hand in archeology through modern technologies and the importance of experimental archeology in the field.
Experimental Archeology field trips, workshops, Replica Vessels, firing techniques, Meals.
(working towards a new series of installations and performances.)
Various Locations including, The Lizard Peninsular, Exeter, Looe,
2017 - Ongoing
An outlandishly theoretical proposal that is entirely unsupported, but might well be true.
An investigation into the migration of Grabbrioc Clay from the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall to various locations in the UK during the Neolithic period up to the Roman conquest. Running parallel to this research I intent to map out the trades routes and migration of people from South West Europe. I hypothesize that the reason Gabbroic Clay and Pots were transported from the Lizard Peninsula was not due to the Clay, or the Pots themselves, but was in fact because of what was transported inside them. Did Cornish food just taste better?
Why did we move such vast quantities of this clay when there was perfectly adequate clays already in the localities where the Gabbroic Pots have been found? Furthermore, what was the thinking behind mixing the clay with other local clays
I hypothesize that during the time, this clay was being shared and transported, we were also moving and sharing ingredients. Introducing herbs and spices into the landscapes and then kitchens of Cornwall. At the same time, we were producing Salt, as demonstrated by the salt works near Lowland point. I wonder whether the reason our clay was so sought after, was not due to the quality of the clay itself, but the quality of the food stored in and eaten out of it. Did people visiting Cornwall, or traveling away from Cornwall think this was down to the pots themselves? Or was it the continued sharing of these ingredients and food, did these pots travel so far due to the transportation of materials stored within them? Are the pots themselves secondary to the reason they came to be wide spread?