I stand corrected. It is infact Exeter Archaeology that is carrying out the
You raise some interesting points. I have to agree that it is often the
finds which have been imported from other areas which are much easier to
identify - examples have to be South Somerset, Bristol pressed wares, Ham
Green material, type series coarse sandy wares, even Italian and Iberian,
and low countries German and French wares including Saintonge.
There is without doubt a familiarity with sgraffito wares of the 1650-1690
period made in Barnstaple, they can hardly be mistaken, but the general run
of the mill NDGTW and NDSW domestic material which is found in North Devon
by the lorry load is sadly ignored.
Tragically it is this very material, which you are quite right in saying is
often disguarded, that can tell us so much regarding the late medieval and
post-medieval periods in North Devon, periods which from an archaeological
perspective are just as important as any other, if not so glamorous!
25 years to produce a report on important excavations in Barnstaple which
may not happen even now if the current appraisal cannot justify the expense.
It may be that we are just too far from the centres of power in the wild
north of the county of Devon for anyone to really care.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Knights" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 10:55 AM
Subject: Re: North Devon Gravelled Tempered ware
> I have read Trevor Dunkerly's reply to your plea and he has given
> text book answer in many ways. As a newcomer to the discipline, I am
> frequently in despair at the lack of information available on North Devon
> pottery. Like you our local history group and students from Exeter
> University have carried out field walks but in the Brayford area and a
> percentage of finds can not be dated within 300 years. It also means test
> pits can not date many houses at all closely. Fortunately most of the
> digs I have been on have a majority of Roman sherds and because of the
> extensive work at Exeter they can often be dated within a 100 year period.
> North Devon pottery is often discarded here although in context, because
> in normal disturbance depth and because the known dating evidence is so
> wide. I wonder how many other regional potteries in England are so poorly
> categorised. Generally in North Devon it seems you are better off finding
> sherds from other regions for dating purposes. I understand there is large
> quantities of North Devon pottery in America, resulting from the shipping
> routes and emigration from Barnstaple and Bideford that must represent a
> wealth of dating opportunity.
> I think you will find that Trevor may have made one error in his
> precise reply. Its my recollection that the appraisal of material from the
> Barnstaple digs are being carried out by Exeter Archaeology. With 5 years
> appraisal I shall be surprised and delighted if our frustrations are
> relieved within 15 years. While its not always popular on this list,
> demand for knowledge, resulting from media activity such as the Big Dig
> might motivate English Heritage to accelerate funds for quicker research.
> All those frustrated black dots on the Devon map of the big dig, might put
> bigger emphasis on the work, than all the painstakingly produced
> professionally reports that do not get read often by the general public.
> What industry would wait 15 years to categorise its basic operational
> Professional Academia?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: British archaeology discussion list
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Karl-James Langford
> Sent: 22 July 2003 01:43
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: North Devon Gravelled Tempered ware
> Is anybody out there conducting research into 'North Devon Gravelled
> Tempered Ware'. I feel a little isolated in South Wales (doesn't anyone
> living here), where I have found at many of my field walking excercises
> over 10 years and my continued excavation at St. Brides major - has
> revealled to distinct types of North Devon Gravelled tempered ware.
> The main type is definitely that imported from North Devon with a heavy
> clay and quartz gravel matrix. The other has a darker glaze from the
> formers tudor green, and is remarkably thinner with smaller gravel matrix.
> Is anyone carry out any research on this ware?
> Karl-James Langford
> Archaeology Cymru