For those of you who avidly follow our blog, or visited or took part in our first excavation at Clare Castle in May earlier this year, you may remember the unusual Mill Green ware decorated with ‘raspberry prunts’ discovered in trench A. For those of you who don’t have a head for memorising obscure pottery decorations or want a re-cap, you can read the blog post from 27th May mentioning it here.
Our pottery specialist, Paul Blinkhorn, has returned the reconstructed pottery sherds and here are some photos of just a couple of portions of the jug he has fitted together which we thought that our followers might be interested to see in order to get a sense of how the vessel might have looked. Paul’s report on the pottery from the site says that “nearly all the Mill Green glazed sherds are from a single vessel, a large, ornate jug with vertical slip stripes and prunts stamped with a raspberry design. The vessel is very unusual, and has similarities with an anthropomorphic vessel from London which has similar decoration, and prunts appearing to bear the mark of the same die (Pearce et al. 1982, Fig. 8)”. The vessel dates from AD1270 – 1350, contemporary with Elizabeth de Burgh (1295-1360) who inherited the Clare Castle estate in the early fourteenth century.