Martin Roseveare writes: Perhaps its time some 'central' funding (CBA? /
EH?) was made available to identify areas with under-researched vernacular
pottery traditions and apply some science towards characterising and dating
these wares and seeking production sites?
> What's the situation like in other parts of the UK?
This was addressed in the 1990s - see: Mellor, M. 1994 'Medieval
Ceramic Studies in England: A review for English Heritage' English Heritage
/ Medieval Pottery Research Group.
Things are moving on based on the assessments made in this publication
but, as contributors to this thread have identified, all too slowly. In my
view it would be preferable to act on the outstanding issues identified in
this review rather than commissioning another which would simply be an
update of the situation. The only way E.H. funding will be increased is if
there is persistent lobbying of the relevant ministers in DCMS (currently
Lord McIntosh and Estelle Morris) and the need for basic research is
highlighted. At present funding is falling year after year (as for
everything else, apart from the purchase of small Italian paintings) with
inevitable results for artefact studies.
(yes - I've had E.H. funding to work on pottery and so am hopelessly biased)