Post-Medieval earthenware production centres in western Brittany

Author(s): Michael Batt

Year: 2014


This communication will outline the main post-medieval production centres in western Brittany. It aims to identify the centres whose productions have been identified outside their immediate area of manufacture.Examples of Breton earthenware production sites will be presented in their geographical context, their place in the landscape, their situation in relation to towns and ports, and discuss the social context within which the potters worked and the manner in which they commercialised and distributed their products. We will present not only pots but also other forms of earthenware produced in Brittany which may well have crossed the North Atlantic.The productions from a handful of Breton sites, for example Pabu near Guingamp, reached North America, in particular Newfoundland. We will look at the range of vessels, and where possible illustrate with archaeological evidence from production sites.

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Post-Medieval earthenware production centres in western Brittany. Michael Batt. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437325)

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PaperId(s): SYM-76,01