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Medieval Ceramics 30, 2006–2008
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Medieval Ceramics 30

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Contents

Editorial
Derek Hall
 
Recent excavations of pottery kilns and workshops at New Carron Road, Stenhousemuir 2007
Derek W Hall
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A pottery production site at Samlesbury, near Preston, Lancashire
Philip N Wood, Jeremy Bradley and Ian Miller
21
A Midlands Purple and Cistercian Ware kiln at Church Lane, Ticknall, South Derbyshire
Anne Boyle and Ian Rowlandson
49
Archaeological and instrumental analyses of pottery and wood from the 'Leudo' wreck of Varazze (Italy)
A Zucchiatti, ME Fedi, A Cartocci, F Benente, P Prati, GP Martino, C Bracco
61
For Richer, For Poorer: A synthesis and discussion of Medieval Pottery from eastern Southampton in the context of the High and Late Medieval Towns
Ben Jervis
73
Tin and the Medieval Mudejar Ceramics from Paterna
Anna McSweeney
95
Medieval coastal fishing communities in coastal Flanders (Belgium) and their relation to Western Mediterranean commodities
Marnix Peters and Frans Verhaege
103
A late 15th century household pottery group from Aveiro (Portugal)
Teresa Miguel Barbosa, Tania Manuel Casimiro and Rodolfo Manaia
119
 

Reviews

Koen de Groote Middeleeuws aardewerke in Vlaanderen Relicta Monografien 1 (Derek Hall)139
Jacqueline Pearce Pots and Potters in Tudor Hampshire(Maureen Mellor)140
Dora Thornton and Timothy Wilson Italian Renaissance Ceramics. A catalogue of the British Museum collection, The British Museum Press 2009 (Duncan Brown)143
Kieron Tyler, Ian Betts, Roy Stephenson London's delftware industry: the tin glazed pottery industries of Southwark and Lambeth (Dr Jim Gray)144
Ewan Campbell Continental and Mediterranean Imports to Atlantic Britain and Ireland, AD 400-800, CBA Research Report 157 (George Haggarty)147
 

News

Obituary Dr Alan Vince150
Obituary Elisabeth Eames152
Regional Group Reports 2006-8154
List of officers and council of the group 2006-8158
MPRG Accounts 2006-7162

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Abstracts

Recent excavations of pottery kilns and workshops at New Carron Road, Stenhousemuir, 2007

Derek W Hall

Excavations in 2007 in advance of a housing development by Kier Homes Ltd in Stenhousemuir near Falkirk located further evidence for the late medieval pottery production centre previously located in this area. The remains of a Musty Type 2 kiln, apparently unfired, thelimited remains of workshops and tantalising glimpses of earlier pottery production were discovered.


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Ap ottery production site at Samlesbury, near Preston, Lancashire

Philip N Wood, Jeremy Bradley and Ian Miller

Excavation along a gas pipeline route through central Lancashire has revealed a previously unknown pottery production site of 13th to 15th century date. The site, which lies south of the river Ribble, comprised oval gullies, representing possible truncated kiln bases, together with associated ditches and pits and over 10,000 sherds of pottery. Three distinct areas produced evidence of pottery production, overa distance of nearly half a kilometre and suggesting a widespread industry. Most of the recovered pottery was utilitarian, but examples of this material have been recognised in Wigan and Lancaster, while parallels are seen in an area from Lancashire to north Wales. Excavated kilns and associated pottery assemblages are rare both in Lancashire and north-west England as a whole. This makes the excavations at Potter Lane of particular importance, given the date range, the area over which the finds were made, and the possibility of contemporary settlement adjacent to the remains.


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A Midlands Purple and Cistercian Ware kiln at Church Lane, Ticknall, South Derbyshire

Anne Boyle and Ian Rowlandson

Excavation atChurch Lane, Ticknall, revealed a late 15th century to mid 16th century Midlands Purple and Cistercian ware kiln. This paper details the findings of the excavation and the range of wares associated with the production site.


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Archaeological and instrumental analyses of pottery from the 'Leudo' wreck ofVarazze (Italy)

A Zucchiatti, ME Fedi, A Cartocci, F Benete, P Prati, GP Martino and C Bracco

The wreck of a small boat found in the Ligurian sea (north west of Italy), known as Leudo del Mercante, and its cargo of pottery represent a unique case study of ceramic provenance and dating that can help in providing further insight about the coastal trade performed by minor ships in the Mediterranean regions. In this paper we review archaeological investigations on pottery and present results of instrumental analyses both on cargo and on parts of the wooden hull.Our aim is to confirm the origin of the pottery and to tryto solve the fundamental issue of dating. With the detailed archaeological study of the cargo and using radiocarbon data, we can deduce that the boat was built, sailed and sunk most probably during the first half of the 16th century.


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For Richer, For Poorer: a synthesis and discussion of medieval pottery from eastern Southampton in the context of the high and late medieval towns

Ben Jervis

The distribution of high and late medieval vessel forms in Southampton is considered from a socio-economic perspective, to understand how pottery can be used as a tool for studying the people of the medieval town. Data hasbeen derived from Duncan Brown's study of Southampton'smedieval pottery, as well as from a number of previously unpublished sites in the east of the town.


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Tin and the medieval Mudejar Ceramics from Paterna

Anna McSweeney

This paper explores the nature of tin and its uses in ceramic glaze, before examining the origins of tin glaze technique in Islamic ceramics and the history of its use in Spain and particularly Paterna. It also looks at theevidence for the historical sources of tin in Iberia, the Far East and England, before focussing specifically on the tin trade in medieval Valencia. Itsuggests that Cornwall may have been the source of the tin that was used by potters in Paterna.


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Medieval coastal fishing communities in coastal Flanders (Belgium) and their relation to Western Mediterranean commodities

Marnix Peters and Frans Verhaege

The paper offers a survey and assessment of the late medieval western Mediterranean commodities in the Belgian coastal area with particular emphasis on those coming from anumber of fishing settlements. The bulk of the material is provided by the site of the Raversijde. Special attention is paid to the Spanish maiolicas, the most prominent group among these fonds, and their possible meanings (access and uses, selection, cost, social behaviour). The conclusions are, however, provisional.


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A late 15th-century household pottery group from Aveiro (Portugal)

Teresa Miguel Barbosa,Tania Manuel Casimiro and Rodolfo Manaia

Asmall excavation in Homem de Christ Filho Street in Aveiro, Portugal, an important medieval Atlantic maritme port, led to the discovery of a typical late 15th century two compartment house. It was located in the city's centre where the merchants' houses were located. Hundreds of pottery vessels were recovered giving the insight to what to what type of pottery was being used on daily activities in late medieval times, from locally produced pottery to Spanish imports.


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