The team uncovered a fire hearth and a cold storage pit, as well as evidence of the brew house where beer was made. Fragments of plates, cups and other cookware were also found, according to a university statement.

"These findings are really exciting. We knew that this area of the site was going to be important but we hadn't been able to explore it until this year because a tree prevented us excavating," said Kevin Colls, archaeological project manager for the Centre of Archaeology at Staffordshire University.

The findings are significant given archaeologists hadn't found that much on the site dating back to Shakespeare's era."The kitchen features including the oven and the fridge are very significant. This is the area of the house that Shakespeare actually lived in and tells us more about him and his lifestyle." Kevin said.

The dig has helped establish the size of New Place enabling the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to commission new evidence-based drawings which depict an accurate version of how the house would have looked during Shakespeare's ownership.

Alongside the findings contemporary to Shakespeare, the dig also revealed early medieval foundations and Iron Age archaeology.

"A much richer picture of Shakespeare has emerged through the course of our excavations."The 5.25 million pound archaeological project -- the most ambitious and permanent initiative to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death being celebrated throughout 2016 -- is funded jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England and public donations raised through a host of initiatives spearheaded by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


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