Medieval Pottery From Wood Quay

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'Medieval Pottery from Wood Quay: The 1974-6 Waterfront Excavations'. A total of around 205,000 sherds of pottery were recovered from the waterfront excavations carried out by Patrick F. Wallace for the National Museum of Ireland at Wood Quay, Dublin. Of these, around 10,000 sherds were late medieval and post-medieval. Clare McCutcheon has carried out a study of the entire assemblage, including a detailed quantification and description of some 43% of the medieval total, an assemblage of around 84,500 sherds. Selected items have been illustrated, and some semi-complete vessels have been photographed. The selection was based on completeness of vessel or, in the case of fragments, lack of other published illustrations. Therefore, fabric types that had been widely illustrated elswhere, such as Ham Green B or Saintonge green glazed, are represented by a small number of items, with appropriate references. In the case of more unusual items, in particular the French whitewares, numerous illustrations have been included. Comparisons are made with similar material from other sites excavated in Dublin, and similarities and differences are highlighted, along with comparisons with assemblages found in Waterford and Cork. The material is placed within the wider context of the Anglo-Norman inlfuence in Ireland and of the trade between the Continent and Britain and Ireland in the medieval period. Specific aspects of the study are presented in a series of appendices. Primary documentary source material for information on pots and potters is also detailed and discussed. The quantification of the pottery by strip or area is followed by a discussion of the material recovered from one of the strips. Fabric analysis of some of the wares by thin-sectioning and chemical analysis assisted in establishing the provenance of fabrics. Further appendices detail some associated material from the waterfront assemblage including a small collection of exotica, late medieval pottery and a collection of roof tiles and floor tiles. The dendrochronoligical dating of timbers from the revetment is also discussed.