there's a fair few areas of Britain where the medieval and later pottery is
far from understood. writing as a ceramicist the problems appear to me to
our old chum, contract-tender archaeology. all the work carried out under
its auspices, which is probably 99% of the excavation in this country, is
purely 'rescue' - there is no mechanism for dealing with material other than
that which comes directly from a c-t funded excavation, developers, the main
source of funds, do not pay for research into backlog assemblages, no matter
how relevant a clearer understanding would be to their site.
lack of interest in the universities - very few students seem to be
interested in post-Roman pottery, possibly due to the fact that most
academics aren't - seen as a bit boring, I suspect. An eternal agonising
point is where the next generation of ceramicists is going to come from
there's about 2 under the age of 30 in the whole country, unless there's
some newbie's I don't know about, the average age of the MPRG must be well
EH is funding some research into post-Roman pot, I'm involved with two
projects, one in the south-east midlands and the other in East Anglia, but
there's a lot to do, and it takes time, and funds are tight. 500kg of kiln
waste takes a fair amount of time to plough through, even when you know what
you're dealing with.
Haven't been following this thread in its entirety, but applying for an EH
grant with an experienced ceramicist involved in the project in probably the
best way forward, but you'll have to slug it out with a lot of other people
who want funding too, and there just isn't enough cash to go round.
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Woodgate" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 10:17 AM
Subject: Re: North Devon Gravelled Tempered ware
> Mike Gilbert <[log in to unmask]> wrote (in <Marcel-1.53-0724070318-
> [log in to unmask]>) about 'North Devon Gravelled Tempered ware', on
> Thu, 24 Jul 2003:
> >Never mind the wild north of Devon, the general belief seems to be that
> >nothing much happened post-prehistoric north of the M5 once you get past
> You need to add 'going west' after 'past Bristol', I suppose, to prevent
> ambiguity. 'West' is a bit nominal, of course: it has a large southerly
> Well, why is this so? It seems to me that there is much potential in the
> area. Are many landowners unwilling to allow investigations (prior to
> any excavations)?
> Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only.
> Interested in professional sound reinforcement and distribution? Then go
> PLEASE do NOT copy news posts to me by E-MAIL!