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The archaeological dig at Shakespeare's house, "New Place," in Stratford-upon-Avon

The structure on the left is a fireplace, and the two walls would have supported an oven. The stones here are blackened by fire. To the right of the picture can be seen a stone-lined pit situated beneath floor level. The stone would have kept the small chamber cool for storing perishable food-stuffs, such as cheese. The finds are both part of the medieval foundations of New Place, which was built in 1483 by the Clopton family. (Credit: Kevin Colls and Centre of Archaeology, Staffordshire University)