Pottery finds are a mainstay for the archaeologist; its durability ensures its survival and the diversity of types help to date a site as well as giving clues as to the status and occupation of the users. Our interest in the recent period, either side of the 18th century, draws attention to the impact of industrialisation as mass-produced pottery replaced the output of local kilns. 



Site: Herd Law, Greenhead, Northumberland (excavation) May 2010

Find No.:  CCS014

Co-ordinates: N55.01335 W2.49308 (NY68566886)

Notes: Found in the threshold of a turf-walled house.

Identification: Red fabric, thick-walled with double rim, probably from a storage jar.

Comments:  This heavy-duty pottery with its characteristic glossy black glaze seems to have been locally produced from the 17th century and probably into the early 19th. This example has been dated to the first half of the 18th century.  These large vessels were probably utilitarian, for use in dairy or kitchen, and for storage of preserved food. The double rim may be to facilitate tying down a cloth cover.

Ancient Pottery Sherd

incised unglazed sherd

Site: Lees Hill, Low Row, Cumbria (field walking),

Find No.:  LE002

Co-ordinates: Field centred on N55.00518 W2.70102 (NY55266807)

Notes: The coarse, unglazed fabric suggests an early date, as does the simple incised decoration.

Comments:  Awaiting analysis, but initial comments from the Portable Antiquities Service suggest that it may be Iron Age. A single sherd is unfortunately of limited archaeological value, merely hinting at an Iron Age presence in the area.

Teapot Spouts

Site: Wall End, Greenhead, Northumberland (field walking),

Co-ordinates: Field centred on N 54.98850 W 2.54107 (NY65476612)

Comments:  One of the spouts is in fine blackware, the other a blotchy brown glaze over a white fabric; they are both probably Victorian in date, as is the rest of the assemblage. Both spouts seem to have been prepared in the same way, as if they were intended for some secondary purpose.