Pottery Analysis and Reporting

Roman potery typology

The analysis of pottery assemblages can shed light on many aspects of past activity. By classifying vessel fabric, form and decoration, we can not only establish the date and provenance of the pottery but also start to address a diverse range of research questions concerning topics like site function, depositional practice, trade and exchange, production technology, social hierarchy and cultural identity.

Archaeology South-East can provide the assessment and analysis of pottery assemblages from the Neolithic to the post-medieval period. With extensive experience of working on assemblages from southern and eastern Britain, ASE’s specialists have undertaken work for a wide range of external clients including Museum of London Archaeology, Pre-construct Archaeology, AOC Archaeology and Northamptonshire Archaeology and SLR Consulting.

At the start of the archaeological process, we can begin to characterise and date pottery in the field in order to inform on-site excavation strategies. During the initial stages of post-excavation work, we provide detailed information on a context-by-context basis and liaise closely with field archaeologists to facilitate the process of site phasing and interpretation. Finally, depending on the requirements of the individual project, we can produce client reports, post-excavation assessments/updated project designs and analysis reports for publication.

The specialists at Archaeology South-East are also involved in larger synthetic ceramic studies (see Case Studies below) and undertake the ongoing work of the formation of a Roman fabric and form type-series for Sussex, which when completed, will help to improve the consistency of pottery recording and hopefully allow us to make fuller use of ceramic evidence in order to address regional research questions.


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