Meols: The Archaeology of the North Wirral Coast

David Griffiths, Robert Philpott, Geoff Egan, 2011 (updated 2020)

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introduction image: ceramic bowl

The aim of the project was to catalogue all the finds known to have been recovered from the North Wirral shore in the Meols area, to interpret these in the light of modern scholarship and to publish the results. The majority of the finds were recovered during the 19th century from the eroding coastline at Meols. Many finds were published in the 19th century, along with topographic observations.

The dataset consists of extant finds which are now in museum collections in a few cases private ownership, and these are presented in a database with digital photographic or scanned images.

Well-recorded non-extant finds and clay tobacco pipes are listed in the database but are not illustrated in the dataset submitted here. Numismatica are not submitted here. These categories and interpretative text can be found in the Meols monograph published in 2007 (Griffiths, Philpott and Egan 2007).


Griffiths D., Philpott R. A. and Egan G. 2007 Meols, The Archaeology of the North Wirral Coast. Discoveries and observations in the 19th and 20th centuries with a catalogue of collections, Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph Series 68, Oxford.

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