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29.07.2021

Ceramic jug

Middle Ages, probably 14th century.

Found during excavations by the Archaeology Section of the Winchester Museum, Evans Halshaw Garage (now Silchester Place), Hyde Street, Winchester, Hampshire, in 2000.

Such nearly complete medieval jugs are a fairly frequent find. It seems that medieval people discarded pottery quite willingly, even if the pot had only a small chip. This may be a reflection of the low value of pottery compared to more valuable metal vessels. The pot may have been shattered as a result of being thrown away, and the few holes left in the pot after restoration by archaeologists show the size of the very small pieces they did not find when they excavated it.

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