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Bristol/Staffordshire Ware (C.Thorpe HES)

By far the largest group is pottery dating to the post-medieval period (mid 16th to 18th centuries AD) and this material is dominated by bits of glazed earthenware bowls. Some fragments of pottery from Barnstaple, Somerset and even further afield from Bristol and Staffordshire suggest that the small farming hamlets in the area around Carwynnen and Troon had access to markets where the products of industrial manufacture of pottery were available.

Why is there a variety of such material in the ploughsoil here at Carwynnen? The condition of the pottery – many small fragments with highly abraded edges – suggests that these fragments had been discarded as rubbish which was carted away from the back yards of the farms and spread onto the fields to improve soil fertility and drainage.

 

 

 

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