Clay is an exceptionally versatile material. It can be made into many useful and beautiful objects, decorated in a splendid variety of ways and, if exposed to high temperatures, made into pottery. Both rich and poor have used pottery since the Stone Age, so the way the craft developed gives unusually clear insights into intimate details of lifestyle and outlooks in even remote periods.”
Pottery in Britain, a guide to identifying pot sherds, by Lloyd Laing, aims to provide an introductory guide to identifying some of the basic types of pottery that may be found and contains 178 illustrations, mainly in colour, divided into the following sections:
The potter’s craft
The study of pottery
Prehistoric pottery- the Neolithic Period circa 4000-2000BC
The Bronze Age circa 2000- 700BC
The Iron Age circa 700/ 600BCAD43
The Roman Period AD43 - circ AD409
The Dark Ages & Early Medieval Period
The Medieval Period - 11th-15th Centuries ? The 16th & 17th Centuries
The 18th & 19th Centuries
Glossary of terminology.
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