Found in a field – a piece of pot

Just handed over a piece of pottery to the Corinium museum – not quite roman treasure but it still brighened up a dog walk!

According to Alison, the curator, “It appears to be a post-medieval rim sherd from a large vessel. It could even be fragment of Ashton Keynes ware dating to the 18th century. A later 17th-century assemblage of Ashton Keynes ware from Somerfield Keynes, Gloucestershire.”

Alison also provided the following background from Ed McSloy:

“Archaeological work ahead of housing development at Somerford Keynes,
Gloucestershire found a pit containing an assemblage of late
17th-century pottery, almost exclusively products of the Ashton Keynes
kilns. The site lies in the adjoining parish to Ashton Keynes,
Wiltshire, well-known as a producer of glazed earthenware pottery, and
particularly important in the supply of utilitarian vessels to
Cirencester and Gloucester between the 16th and 18th centuries. The
composition of the group mirrors closely that of the urban markets and,
with the addition of a ‘chicken feeder’ form is a likely representative
of the kiln repertoire from/in this period. The dominance of Ashton
Keynes products in this group, which includes a number of seconds,
suggests that local domestic requirements for ceramic could be met
almost entirely by the nearby kilns.”

Found in a field – a piece of pot

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