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Dartford District Archaeological Group (DDAG)
The Christopher St John Breen Medieval Pottery Archive
An aid to identifying sherds from excavations

   Individual fabrics are listed below, in roughly date order, with the codes used by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) Pottery Specialists at the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre (LAARC). Click on each link to see pictures of sherds of individual fabrics. See Introduction to Pottery Archive.
   The majority of these sherds were typed over twenty years ago, and since then knowledge of the fabrics and their dating may have been modified, so please if you feel that any description is incorrect, please let us know at
research@kentarchaeology.org.uk so that we can amended our information. Suggested reading
   System of plastic boxes and trays for storing and displaying for handling Medieval sherds
   We are now extending (2012) the range of material by including pictures of sherds from excavations throughout Kent, particularly from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust to better reflect the differing fabrics of all dates from London and Kent

LSS-CP
STAM-PTCH
ESUR
REDP-BKR
EMFL
EMSS-CP
EMCH-CP
EMSH-CP
BLGR-CP
ANDE-PTCH
NORM-J

Late Saxon Shelly ware Cooking Pot
STAMford Ware PiTCHer
Early SURrey Ware
RED Painted Ware - BeaKeR
Early Medieval Flint-Tempered
Early Medieval Sand Shell-Tempered - Cooking Pot
Early Medieval CHalk-Tempered Cooking Pot
Early Medieval Shelly - Cooking Pot
BLue GRey Ware - Cooking Pot
ANDEnne Ware, French - PiTCHer
NORMandy Gritty Ware - Jug

9001150
9001050
9501150
9501250
10001100
10001150

10501150
10501150
10001200
10501200
10501250


EM1
EM2
EM2A
EM3A
EM32
EM35
EM35A
EM35B
EM35C
EM46
EM48
EM31
EM36
EM36A

EM36B
EM36C
EM4
EM.M5
EM21
EM22
EM28
EM29
M38
M38A
M38A1
M38A2
M38A3
M38B
M38C

Canterbury Archaeological Trust Fabrics
Canterbury sandy ware
Fine shelly ware
Shell-filled with iron oxide inclusions
Miscellaneous Shelly-Sandy Ware
Coarse flint and shell with sparse quartz ware
N.W. Kent shell-tempered
(=EMSH)
N.W. Kent shell-tempered
N.W. Kent shell-tempered
N.W. Kent shell-tempered
Sandy ware with sparse/moderate quartz and flint, no shell
N.W. Kent shell-tempered, fine sandy ware

?Kentish coarse sandy ware with moderate shell
N.W. Kent shelly-sandy ware
N.W. Kent shelly-sandy ware, sparse/moderate sand, abundant shell)
N.W. Kent shelly-sandy ware,
moderate/abundant shell, moderate medium sand
N.W. Kent shelly-sandy ware, abundant coarse sand
West Kent fine sandy ware
Ashford Potter's Corner sandy ware with fossil shell
West Kent fine sandy with shell and sparse grits
N.W. Kent fine sandy with sparse shell and sparse grits
Kentish sandy ware with shell and sparse flint
Kentish sandy ware with flint and sparse shell

N.W. Kent greyware
N.W. Kent sandy ware (mainly reduced, abundant fine sand)
N.W. Kent sandy ware (
abundant fine sand, sometimes sparse shell; can be h/made
N.W. Kent sandy ware (moderate medium sand)
N.W. Kent sandy ware (highly fired, as CM38C?)
N.W. Kent fine-moderate sandy ware (Dartford 'rilled' ware)
N.W. Kent hard-fired fine sandy ware


1050-1225
1050-1225
1050-1225
850-1225
1050-1225
1050-1225
1050-1225
1050-1225
1050-1225
1050-1250
1050-1250
1100-1200
1100-1250
1100-1250
1100-1250
1100-1250
1125-1250
1125-1250
1125-1250
1125-1225
1175-1350
1125-1250
1125-1400
1125-1400
1125-1250
1170-1350
1300-1400
1225-1400
1325-1400

SSW-CP
LCOAR-J
LIMP
SHER-CP
ROUE
ROUL
LOND
NBYC
NFM
SCAR
KING-CP
KING-PIP
MG-J
SAIN-J
SAIN-PEGAU
SAIPG-J
SIEG
CBW-CP
CBW-J
CBW-BL
CBW-LCUP
LCGR-J
LANG-SJ
DUTR-CAUL
CHEA

Shelly-Sandy Ware - Cooking Pot
COARse London Type Ware - Jug
Limpsfield Ware
South HERts Ware - Cooking Pot
ROUEn ware-Jug - Early
ROULn ware-Jug - Late

LONDon Type ware
NewBurY group C
North French Monochrome - Jug
SCARborough Ware
KINGston Ware - Cooking Pot
KINGston Ware - PIPkin 
Mill Green ware - Jug
SAINtonge Ware - Jug
SAIN
tonge Ware - PEGAU
SAI
ntonge Ware - Polychrome - Jug
SIEGb
urg Stoneware - Drinking Jug
C
oarse Border Ware - Cooking Pot
C
oarse Border Ware - Jug
C
oarse Border Ware - BowL
C
oarse Border Ware - Lobed CUP

L
ow Countries GRey Ware - Jug   1 BS
LANG
erwehe Stone ware - Storage Jar
DUT
ch Red earthenware - CAULdron
CHEAm whiteware

11401220
11501200
11501300

11701350
11701300
12501350
11801350
11501350

11701300
12001350
12301350
12301350
12701350
12501500
12501500
12801500
13001500
13501500
13501500
13501500
13801500
13501500
13501500
13001500
13501500

Post Medieval
FREC
BORD-BL


FREC
hen Ware
BORDer Ware - BowL  


15501700

15501750

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Pictures of sherds added
06-03-2014  Cheam whiteware bowl added

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