Medieval Pottery from York

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list of authors
A. J. Mainman
Anne Jenner
Is Part Of
The Archaeology of York [Series]
The Pottery [Volume]
volume
16
issue
09
Publisher
Council for British Archaeology for York Archaeological Trust
Date Copyrighted
2012
Date Available
Digitally available on 20 October 2023
Abstract
This volume provides a detailed account of the development of medieval pottery in York over a 400-year period (c.1050–1450/1500). It draws upon evidence from a number of excavations in the city, notably the medieval tenements from 16–22 Coppergate and from the College of the Vicars Choral at the Bedern.

Following the Norman conquest there is evidence for a proliferation of small potteries producing a range of new pottery types, out of which emerge the mainstream medieval industries. These include the well-known and beautifully produced York seal jugs of the so-called highly decorated period. In the centuries which follow their decline, pottery forms change, and vessels become more utilitarian. Amongst this later group are specialised vessels, probably used in alchemy, or for some other industrial purpose.

Despite centuries of collecting and excavation in York there is only very limited evidence for pottery production in the city itself, and what evidence there is belongs to the 14th century. It appears that York was mainly supplied from potteries situated in villages around the city which were exploiting specific clay outcrops. Over time, production declines in the villages to the north, and becomes focused instead on the villages of the Humber Basin. Imported pottery is generally rare throughout the period, emphasising the very regional character of York’s medieval pottery.

With some 400 line drawings, colour photographs and 400 catalogued entries, the volume seeks to show the full range of York’s medieval pottery.
Rights Holder
York Archaeological Trust
Rights
CC BY 4.0
Format
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Is Format Of
Paper publication
Identifier
GB2837-PUB-AY-16-9
oclcnum
856579757
isbn10
1874454612
isbn13
9781874454618
Type
Text
Language
English
page start
1167
page end
1326
number of pages
160

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