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Gwithian style rim

The largest group of finds found all across the areas excavated in 2012 comprises medieval, post medieval and modern pottery (997 pieces in total).

The greatest number (554+) are pieces of modern (19th and 20th century) pottery. But a few small sherds (9) of early medieval pottery which include the Gwithian Style and Grassed Marked wares and which date from 5th to 11th centuries AD, have been identified and their discovery in this remote landscape is intriguing as it could suggest settlement of this early date in the wider locality. High medieval pottery (represented by 17 sherds and date from 12 to 13th centuries AD) has also been identified and these coarsewares include the rod handle of a jug. One piece of a cooking pot of Lostwithiel Ware has been identified. A greater number of later medieval Cornish coarsewares (c 1400-1550) and which of interest includes a rare rimsherd of a cream-making dish from North Devon.

Fig-21 SF900 late med Strap sm

Strap Handle from Jug (C.Thorpe HES)

Some of the pottery fragments are of gabbroic clays. Gabbroic clays were widely used throughout prehistoric and Roman Cornwall for making pots and this raw material is very distinctive and sourced only to The Lizard. These tantalising discoveries suggest that within this field there are other traces of events which date to the Bronze and Iron Ages, many several thousand years after the construction of Carwynnen Quoit.

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