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"Refining" Coarse Earthenware Types from the British Coal Measures

Author(s): Lindsay Bloch

Year: 2017

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Ceramics analysis, particularly the identification and dating of ware types on historic sites, structures our inferences in critical ways. However, our ware types and production date ranges are sometimes built on incomplete information about the origins of these wares. The Coal Measures region of Great Britain, encompassing production centers such as Staffordshire and the major port of Liverpool, was the source for a variety of earthenware products, both coarse and refined during the colonial era. While many coarse earthenwares have been attributed to discrete locations within the region, with names like "Buckley" or "Staffordshire," geological, historical, and elemental evidence demonstrates that these ware types conflate products of numerous production centers within the broader Coal Measures.  I define the visible and elemental attributes of coarse earthenwares from throughout the Coal Measures, offering enhanced geographic and temporal resolution for wares recovered archaeologically in the British Atlantic. 

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"Refining" Coarse Earthenware Types from the British Coal Measures. Lindsay Bloch. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435432)


Temporal Keywords
18th-19th c.

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 385

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America