A selection of ceramics through the ages (5 second delay) Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology The Collections:
PotWeb: Ceramics online
@ the Ashmolean Museum
Early Europe & Near East
Classical to Medieval
Europe from 1500
Oriental & Islamic
The ABC of pottery in archaeology
How old is it? How long was it in use?
Pottery is common enough to be found in a continuous series of datable associations. These may be established through stratigraphic sequences to a range of independent dating mechanisms, for instance documentary evidence, coin evidence and scientific dating techniques. On rare occasions the vessel itself may include a date, as illustrated here. This vessel was probably a special commission to celebrate an anniversary. A Staffordshire type slipware
A Staffordshire type slipware, a posset pot dated 1702, a special commission
What happened to the pottery? The ABC of ...  
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