Saturday 10th April 2021

If you have credit from cancelled NAS courses and would like to attend this course - DO NOT BOOK ONLINE. Please contact [email protected] and we will sort out your booking for you. 

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The course will offer practical guidance in the identification of the many types of pottery found on the seabed around the UK. The aim is to provide participants a basic understanding of the principal classes of pottery used in Britain and beyond. It will be a mix of presentations and practical online identification sessions to ensure an engaging learning experience. 

Aspects to be covered include:

  • Fabrics and techniques: distinguishing the principal classes of pottery used in Britain and beyond
  • Pottery from the Mediterranean and beyond: China, Italy, Spain & Portugal
  • Pottery from France: Saintonge, Normandy, Brittany & the Isle de France
  • Earthenwares and stonewares from the Low Countries and Germany
  • British wares: lead-glazed earthenware
  • British wares: unglazed and lead-glazed earthenwares, delftwares & stonewares

The course will also offer guidance to the main publications and online resources which will allow participants to develop their knowledge in this field

WHO'S IT FOR?
The course is aimed at individuals undertaking the NAS Training programme, as well as professional archaeologists wanting to know more about identifying ceramics.

NAS members will earn 5 credits for attending

WHAT YOU NEED TO JOIN THE ONLINE COURSE
 
A computer or tablet (phone screens are a bit small to look at for the whole day) with a good internet connection is essential. A built-in or external webcam and microphone are optional. A week before the course you will receive an invitation to the online course session which will be run through GoToMeeting. This is an online video conferencing programme that can be run directly through the internet or you get better connection if you download the small programme - it only takes a minute to do. 

If you are concerned about your computer set up, please contact the organiser at [email protected] for a test run before the course.

COSTS
 
NAS members £30
 Non-NAS members £60 (although as NAS membership starts at £12, you're better off becoming a member and getting the discount rate immediately!)

WHO IS TEACHING THE COURSE?
John Allan has been a leading specialist in the field of medieval pottery in South-West England since the 1970s, with a particular interest in traded goods. He has recently been working on the major new finds of medieval and later pottery from  marine sites on the Isles of Scilly, where he has been collaborating with divers and other professional archaeologists. He has worked on pottery collections elsewhere in England and Wales, and in Newfoundland and Virginia.

TIMETABLE in British Summer Time

Please note Timetable is provisional and may be subject to change

10:00  Log on, online etiquette and introductions – NAS host

10:30  Fabrics and techniques: distinguishing the principal classes of pottery used in Britain and beyond

11:15  Questions and Break

11:30  Pottery from the Mediterranean and beyond: China, Italy, Spain & Portugal

12:15  Questions and Break 

12:30  Pottery from France: Saintonge, Normandy, Brittany & the Isle de France

13:15  Identify that Pot Quiz and Lunch break 

13:45  Earthenwares and stonewares from the Low Countries and Germany

14:30  Questions and Break

14:45  British wares: lead-glazed earthenware

15:30  Questions and Break

15:45  Theory: British wares: delftwares & stonewares

16:30  Putting pottery identification skills into practice

17:00  Identify that pot quiz answers and course end