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Monday, 11 July 2016

A Standard for Pottery Studies in Archaeology just published!



MPRG are pleased to announce the publication of:

A Standard for Pottery Studies in Archaeology

This document was compiled by the three period-specific pottery study groups (Prehistoric Ceramic Research Group, Study Group for Roman Pottery, MPRG) and funded by Historic England with the aim of creating the first, comprehensive, inclusive standard for working with pottery. The Standard is intended for use in all types of archaeological project, including those run by community groups, professional contractors and research institutions.


This standard takes the reader through the various stages of an archaeological project, from planning and data collection through to report writing and archiving, with the intention of informing not only pottery specialists but also those who manage and monitor projects.

Hard copies will be available shortly from MPRG, PCRG and SGRP, please follow this link for a PDF copy:

Sunday, 15 May 2016





MPRG CONFERENCE 2016 (20–22 JUNE), TAUNTON& BARNSTAPLE
Production and Consumption of Medieval and Post-Medieval Pottery
from the South-West

Please find a programme for the conference below; a booking form and printable programme for this year's conference can be found on the Group's Facebook page which is publicly accessible even if you do not belong to Facebook.


https://www.facebook.com/groups/201431073234224/


for further information please contact Lorraine Mepham: l.mepham@wessexarch.co.uk

Monday 20 June: Great Hall, Taunton Museum
9.30 am
Registration

10 am
Welcome, by Steve Minnitt (Head of Museums, South West Heritage Trust)

10.15 am
Chris Webster: Taunton Castle

10.45 am
David Dawson: Characterising pottery production centres in Somerset

11.15 am
Mike Ponsford: Redcliff Hill and Bristol ware

11.45 am
Coffee

12.15 pm
John Allan: Pottery made around the Blackdown Hills c 950-1550

12.45 pm
Discussion

1 pm
LUNCH

2 pm
Pottery viewing (part 1)
There will be material from Glastonbury Abbey and Wells and Mendip Museum; post-medieval kiln waste and production from Somerset production sites, including Trudoxhill, Wrangway, Donyatt and NetherStowey; and a selection of pottery from the Kenneth J. Barton collection. David Dawson, John Allan and Mike Ponsford will offer commentary on the pottery.

3 pm
TEA

3.30 pm
Pottery viewing (part 2)

7pm
Conference reception


Tuesday 21 June: Brewhouse, Taunton
9.30 am
Maria Duggan: Looking out from South West Britain: long-distance links from the 4th to 7th century
10.00 am
Dan Carter:  The Verwood and East Dorset Potteries: A new approach to the study of the late medieval and post-medieval pottery industry in East Dorset

10.30 am
COFFEE

11 am
Lorraine Mepham: Town and country: the consumption of Laverstock wares

11.30 am
Bryn Morris: The Missing Link: North Devon pottery in the 16th century

12 noon
Alice Forward:A ceramic view of early post-medieval markets and mariners in the Bristol Channel

12.30 pm
AGM

1 pm
LUNCH

2 pm
Julie Edwards: South West, North West ceramic connections – finds of North Devon ceramics and maritime communications

2.30 pm
Ollie Kent: Tin-glazed pottery production at Brislington

3 pm
TEA

3.30 pm
Speaker to be confirmed

4 pm
Discussion

5pm
Duncan Brown: The Gerald Dunning Memorial Lecture

Evening
Conference dinner at the Ring of Bells, Taunton


Wednesday 22 June
COACH TRIP TO BARNSTAPLE
Leave Taunton 9.30am. Travel to Barnstaple Museum; view production waste from Potters’ Lane/ Exeter Inn etc, the kiln from Potters’ Lane and the Brannam archive (pattern books etc). There will be a short presentation of North Devon wares by John Allan. After lunch (not provided),a short walk around the town to see Rolle Quay, Potter’s Lane and the remains of Brannam’s works, including the showroom and the surviving kiln.Arrive back in Taunton between 3.30pm and 4pm.