Plain tin–glazed pottery from Seville

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Plain tin–glazed pottery from Seville

During the early 16th century the potteries around Seville in south west Spain grew rapidly, supplying the new markets of their colonies in America. Some of their products were carried to the ports of northern Europe. Exeter had a long-standing trade with Spain, importing wine and fruits, wool and iron. The pottery no doubt arrived with these cargoes. This dish and small bowl, excavated in Paul Street below the site of Habitat, are examples of the simplest vessels, named 'Columbia Plain' wares, which were roughly thrown and simply dipped in tin glaze. They belong to the early and mid 16th century.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum Exeter Archaeology

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