Essex Archaeology: Understanding Pottery

This half day course will provide an overview of Essex's ancient, medieval and post medieval pottery. It will explore pottery sherds and finds to provide insight into archaeological pottery within the County, and explore a range of techniques for identification that will be useful to those who work with pottery in the field. It will also be of interest to thoe who wish to further their understanding of Essex's pottery types. The course aims to enable students to understand how pottery was made and used in the past, to inform how we identify and interpret it today.

The talks will be given by Helen Walker and Andy Peachey. Helen is a freelance archaeologist, who spent most of her career working for the former Essex County Council Field Archaeology Unit, specialising in the study of medieval and later pottery. She has published numerous articles on the subject and is the author and co-author of two books on the pottery industries of Essex. Andy is a Post-Excavation Manager and Pottery & Lithics Specialist at Wardell Armstrong. He has a background and interest in Roman pottery in particular, and is currently on the committee for the Study Group for Roman Pottery. 

 


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