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Why study pottery?

Broken pieces of pottery are one of the most common finds on archaeological excavations of Roman sites. Unless the pots are complete, however, most of this pottery will never be seen in a museum display and will be kept as ‘bulk finds’ hidden away in the stores. In fact, the pottery can provide more information about the site than most of the pretty objects on display.

This project aims to make this information available to all. Its purpose is to look in detail at pottery from sites in the Hadrian’s Wall frontier zone and by cataloguing it using a single database, make it simple and straightforward to compare information from different sites and different periods. The intention is to create the framework for an over-view of the pottery in use in the military north as well as providing the opportunity to explore regional differences of supply.

The assemblages chosen have been selected to cover pottery from different periods from sites through-out the region and from a variety of site types.


The story so far

Pottery has been studied from:
· The forts at Wallsend and South Shields in the east
· The fort at Carlisle and the tile kiln at Brampton in the west
· The turrets on the Wall


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Who is involved?

This project has been funded by the North East Regional Museums Hub, and also the North West Regional Museum Hub.

Work has been carried out in partnership with:

Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

Kendal Museum

Eden District Council

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