Dating porcelain shards


It involves looking for clues in the clay colour and texture of the surface, the firing, tempering, shape, sides & core, noticing if there is any glaze, decoration or pottery mark on the clay find.I will use some of the finds I have collected to create a non-exhaustive, basic guide to forms, decoration and functions of pottery commonly found on the foreshore, based on my own experience.It has a rim, it is round-shaped and flat, and looks like the serving vessel used for food. The fabric is white, with a clear glaze of white and cobalt blue flower decorations.Due to the cracks, it is difficult to tell if it is hand-painted or transfer-printed.It is roughly made with greyware and some partial black coating, the circular lines probably indicate it was wheel turned pottery, cheaply made.It must have been made locally, and I’d reckon it is post medieval.



Let me illustrate below the different vessel types using some of my finds.Regrettably, I have found very little and scarce evidence from the prehistoric, roman & Anglo-Saxon periods in terms of broken pottery sherds.May it be no luck, the erosion having washed away most evidence, or simply not having an expert eye and not looking at the right place.It is sometimes difficult to identify the ceramic function, former form and period, especially because it is not found during an archaeology dig where the historical context of the area is known, and pottery finds are often badly broken and eroded.



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