Anglo-Saxon pottery kiln finds unearthed in Staffordshire

Anglo-Saxon pottery kiln finds in Staffordshire suggest the area may have been famous for its pottery far longer than previously thought.

DAILY TELEGRAPH, 3Oct09: [Various finds from different time periods have been] discovered in a pit beneath a back room on the site of the Turk’s Head Inn at Tipping Street car park in Stafford. … The dig has so far unearthed some Anglo Saxon pottery kilns suggesting Stafford could have been a major player in the production of pottery. …

Stafford was originally a fortified Saxon settlement founded in 913AD by Queen Aethelflaed (the Lady of the Mercians). The settlement was probably located close to the River Sow and surrounded by extensive marshland as this offered good natural defences, control of any river crossing and easy access to water.

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