The scientific tourist #280 — Pompeii Terracotta Oven

Another interesting piece of life in ancient Pompeii — a portable terracotta oven:

Terracotta Oven

Yes, it looks a lot like one of those “never empty” dog watering gizmos — but this really was a portable oven.  Seen at the traveling “A Day in Pompeii” exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, here’s what the placard had to say:

Except in bad weather, a portable oven like this would be used in a courtyard outside the kitchen. The lower chamber contained a wood fire, the upper one held a pot to cook soups and stews.

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