Find of the Month
|Up to now finds from the early modern period or before have been worryingly thin on the ground.
I've seen more seventeenth-century slipware digging in my back garden.
Now during the rush to survey the terracing east of the castle we
really cracked on, it had turned quite warm during the second day and
when Geoff, one of our volunteers, sat on the bank above the path for a
breather he sat on this! That's one way to make a find but perhaps not
to be recommended in all cases. It's a fairly hefty (88g) chunk of
pottery from a large vessel, diameter around 20 cm. and
finished on the inside only with a thick speckled and streaked
mid-brown manganese glaze. One would describe it, because of its
rather irregular form, as hand built although there is evidence of some turning. The sides bulge out slightly towards the base which had a raised centre. This
all suggests something like a tall jug or vase like form which could
happily fit into the sixteenth or seventeenth century but as it was
unstratified it doesn't make much difference, oh well.