The pottery industry and industrial vessels in the Walbrook Valley

An abstract of MOLA Roman pottery specialist Fiona Seeley’s paper given at our Walbrook Workshop in September: 

In 1999 the Museum of London Archaeology Service excavated a site at 20-28 Moorgate and 11-16 Telegraph Street (site codes MRG95/KHS98) in the upper Walbrook Valley and revealed a sequence of at least six pottery kilns, workshops and associated features dated to c AD 110/20 to AD160/70. 

Walbrook pottery wasters

A range of waster vessels made and found at the Moorgate kilns

This arguably provided us with the first definitive evidence for large scale Roman pottery production in the City of London.  furthermore, the discovery revealed that the kilns were producing Verulamium region wares which had previously been thought only to be produced in the area surrounding St Albans. This has resulted in ceramicists working in the region having to re-evaluate what we understand of the supply of pottery to the provincial capital during a period of expansion and change with the reconstruction of the amphitheatre, the building of the second forum and the Cripplegate Fort. This paper also discusses recently-discovered rare ceramic vessels that, from their unusual forms or due to the residues on them, suggest that they may have been used in industrial processes.

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