A group of early 16th–century finds from Goldsmith Street

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A group of early 16th–century finds from Goldsmith Street

This important assemblage was excavated from the stone-lined pit Goldsmith Street 228 in 1971. Much of the fill was waterlogged, preserving organic finds as well as the pottery and glass which survive more widely. There is an impressive series of imported ceramics - largely stonewares from the Rhineland but including white earthenwares from the Saintonge area of France. The local south-west English wares are dominated by products of the south Somerset kilns such as Donyatt. They include vessels used in distillation, as well as cups, jugs and coarse kitchen wares. Among the organic finds are wooden bowls, fragments of casks, leather shoes and scraps of textiles.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum Exeter Archaeology