A Potted History

Festival of Archaeology Jul 15, 2020

Join Hampshire Cultural Trust and Wessex Archaeology to explore how pottery has helped us better understand the impact of the Roman conquest on people’s lives. Over the course of 5 days, a new video will be released on Culture on Call each day.

Part 4

Black Burnished Ware

Making a pot has always been a science as well as an art. Fashions and tastes dictated what was thought valuable or beautiful, but we can learn a lot from the techniques and raw materials that were used, too.

Delving a little deeper into the science, we will join archaeologist and STEM ambassador, Grace, to find out more about Black Burnished Wares. Coiled by hand, these dark vessels are made from a grainy clay that can be rich in fragments of iron ores, flint, quartz, shale and mica.

Would you like to find out more? Look out for other instalments of ‘A Potted History’ – part of the online Festival of Archaeology, and a partnership project with Wessex Archaeology.

Do you have a question about our 'Potted History'? Email your questions to engagement@wessexarch.co.uk, and register for our live Q&A session on Friday, 17 July to hear our expert panel answer your questions. Book your place for the Q&A event HERE.


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From museums to galleries to arts centres, we manage and support 23 attractions across the county, welcoming over 740,000 people each year. Our charitable purpose is changing lives through culture.

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