Shakespearean theatregoers enjoyed peaches figs and oysters

Published on February 1st, 2010 | by Admin

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Theatregoers in the 16th century enjoyed a variety of seafood, fruits and nuts during performances of plays by William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe.

The findings come from an archaeological survey of the site of the Rose Theatre on what is now the South Bank in London.

Archaeologists Julian Bowsher and Pat Miller wrote up a report published by the Museum of London Archaeology.

By analysing the distribution of food remains over the site, they found that different parts of the audience indulged in different snacks.

The rich, seated in the galleries, could afford imported treats like dried figs and peaches.

In a design that would please today’s eco-conscious architects, hazelnut shells were ‘recycled’ as an absorbent flooring for the yard, where the poorer viewers watched.

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