Archaeological and Historic Pottery Production Sites

Guidelines for Best Practice

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This document provides practical guidance on how to investigate sites where pottery production has taken place. It describes how to anticipate and locate pottery production sites and the types of evidence that may be found. This document also provides advice on the available methods and strategies for examining, recording and sampling features and finds of various types at each stage of the work. The different techniques for establishing the date of pottery production, and for characterising the products of a site, are given particular emphasis.

This document was compiled by Harriet White, Sarah Paynter and Duncan Brown with contributions by Joanne Best, Chris Cumberpatch, David Dawson, Peter Ellis, Jane Evans, Laurence Jones, Oliver Kent, Gareth Perry, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, Ian Roberts, Kerry Tyler and Ann Woodward.

It is one of four Historic England publications concerning industrial processes in the past, the other three being:


1. Investigating a Pottery Production Site
2. Evidence of Pottery Production
3. Background Information on Pottery Production in England
4. Where to Get Advice
5. Glossary
6. References

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 68
  • Product Code: HEAG019


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