Highgate Wood form: HW.25 Cheese press

  • Form: A cheese-press. A shallow dish with a slightly rounded profile, concave internally with a beaded lip. The underlying form, without the cheese press elements, is a shallow dish such as 425 (type 18.1). The inside of the base has one or two concentric ridges with intervening channels, around a central solid raised point. The ridges are rounded or beaded in section. The bases of the channels and the walls are pierced with a scatter of holes, c. 5mm in diameter. This is the standard Romano-British form for a cheese-press. Similar smaller vessels, now made in white polyurethane, can still be purchased from agricultural suppliers in France for use by small-scale cheese producers. These faiselles are used for draining the fresh curd during the early stages of cheese preparation.
  • Fabric: HWC
  • Phase: Phases 2 to 4.
Distribution of form 25 through phases
2-3-S-ii 451 HWC
3-2_4-v-c 1527 HWC
4-ii-a 1635 HWC
5-TOPSOIL 1696 HWC
5-TOPSOIL 1697 HWC