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Ironbridge Archaeology Workshop Series Workshop V – Pottery Identification and Recording

Ironbridge Archaeology Workshop Series Workshop V – Pottery Identification and Recording

Above- Seventeenth century pottery waste from Wednesbury. Below- Tin-glazed earthenware plate from St. John’s Street, Coventry.

When: Saturday 29th March 2014
Time: 10am – 3pm (Refreshments and lunch included)
Where: G F Williams Room, The Long Warehouse, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Coalbrookdale, TF8 9DQ (Next to the Museum of Iron, please note that there are two flights of stairs)
Cost: £8 per person (IGMT Staff & Volunteers £5)
Contact: Sam Colclough on 01952435948 or samantha.colclough@ironbridge.org.uk

Pottery is one of the most durable of archaeological finds – but how do we categorise and date it? How can we use that information to help understand an archaeological site? This workshop will be an introduction to recognising and dating post-medieval ceramics, how they are recorded and what we can learn from them? The course will be divided between lectures and handling sessions and there will be an opportunity to put what you have learnt to use by analysing a small collection of ceramics. So, if you have ever wondered how pottery specialists reach their conclusions or have an interest in pottery from the past, this is the course for you!

The workshop is suitable for those involved in community archaeology groups/projects and for anyone with an interest who would like to find out more.

The workshop will be run by Stephanie Rátkai, a freelance archaeologist specialising in ceramics. Stephanie has been a frequent contributor to projects run by Birmingham Archaeology and other organisations in the West Midlands. Recent projects include post-medieval pottery production in Wednesbury and the pottery from Old Hall Street, Wolverhampton.

For further information, or to book your place on the course, please contact Sam Colclough, IGMT Community Archaeology Training Placement by Friday 21st March.

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