Newport’s recently discovered medieval pottery kiln is a rare survival. Although its ware chamber is no longer there, the base reveals that it had a sophisticated vent technology which increased the capacity of the kiln and facilitated heat distribution and the even firing of the pots. Over 10,000 potsherds have been recovered which are currently being washed, sorted and analysed.

It is thought that the local potters made a limited range of pots and jugs in varying sizes, not just for local use but also for exporting further afield. The completeness of the kiln and the pottery recovered will give a wider insight into the early development of industrial pottery production and technology. When the excavations are finished the site, the public will have free access to the site.

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