Being Anglo-Saxon an experimental archaeology kiln project


As part of the Rendlesham Revealed project, Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service are working with volunteers to build and fire an Anglo-Saxon Ipswich ware kiln to make replica Ipswich ware pots. This experimental archaeology project aims to use the archaeological evidence to attempt to manufacture Ipswich ware pottery, with the same form and colour as contemporary examples, using a kiln based on excavated examples from Ipswich.

Leading this project is Keith Wade (retired county archaeologist and specialist in the Anglo-Saxon archaeology of Ipswich) and Duncan Allan (Hands on Heritage). We are also extremely grateful for the expertise and hard work of the volunteers from the Anglian Potters.

Materials have been sourced locally for this project. London Clay has kindly been donated to the project by Tarmac. Boulder Clay has been sourced from Bulmer Brick and Tile Company.

Follow the progress by reading the articles below

The experimental work begins

This article briefly explains why this project is happening, the characteristics of Ipswich ware pottery and how is it made, and what is known about the kilns excavated Ipswich.

Read the November article on our blog »


Experimenting with raw clay and pottery making

Volunteer Louise tells us about her experience and the methods she tried with clay processing and making replica Ipswich ware pots.

Read the December article on our blog »


Experimental Anglo-Saxon Kiln in Pictures

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  Experimental Archaeology Anglo-Saxon Kiln Project  

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We are also grateful for the materials donated by Tarmac and support from Bulmers Brick and Tile Company. Other Rendlesham Revealed project activities receive support from many individuals and organisations, see the Partners and Supporters section

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