Hedingham Ware Pottery Database

Helen Walker, 2011

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The data described in the archive was originally recorded in an Access database, and is available to download as a series of CSV files. This database deals with the pottery production (rather than distribution) aspect of the project and is the tool used to create the typology of fabrics, vessel forms, sub-forms and decoration. Fields for sherd count, weight and percentage of rim present allow the assemblage to be analysed quantitatively. For example to show whether there is a relationship between decoration and size of cooking pot. Manufacturing faults are also recorded to give clues as to method of manufacture, firing technology and quality control. The database also records context information including feature and feature type.

The pottery is recorded onto the database using Cuningham's typology for post-Roman pottery in Essex, which has been further expanded by this author and by Cotter (2000). The typology also uses the national standard published by the Medieval Pottery Research Group. All the relevant parts of the typology are included in the completed ADS database template document which accompanies the CSV files.


Cotter, J. 2000: The post-Roman pottery from excavations in Colchester 1971-85, Colchester Archaeology Report 7.

Cunningham, C. M. 1985: A typology for post-Roman pottery in Essex, in Cunningham, C. M. and Drury, P. J., Post-medieval sites and their pottery: Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Chelmsford Archaeological Trust Report 5, Counc. Brit. Archaeol. Res. Rep. 54, 1-16.

MPRG 1998: A Guide to the Classification of Medieval Ceramic forms (Medieval Pottery Research Group Occasional Paper 1).