Pottery and its development in Britain

Sherds of Grooved Ware emerging during excavation.

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Cleal, R. and MacSween, A. (1999). Grooved Ware in Britain and Ireland.  Oxford: Oxbow.

Peterson, R. (2003). Neolithic Pottery from Wales: Traditions of Construction and Use.  Oxford: British Archaeological Reports 344.

Thomas, J. 1999 Understanding the Neolithic (Chapter 5). London:  Routledge.


Braithwaite, M. (1982). Decoration as ritual symbol: a theoretical proposal and an ethnographic study in southern Sudan.   In: I.Hodder (ed.) Symbolic and Structural Archaeology, 80-88.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cleal, R. (1984). The later Neolithic in the east of England. In: R.J. Bradley & J. Gardiner (eds.) Neolithic Studies, 135-158. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports 133.

Cleal, R. 1992 Significant form: ceramic styles in the earlier Neolithic of southern England.   In:  N. Sharples and A. Sheridan (ed.) Vessels for the Ancestors, 286-306.   Edinburgh:  Edinburgh University Press.

Cleal, R. 1995 Pottery fabrics in Wessex in the fourth to second millennia BC.   In:  I.A. Kinnes and G. Varndell (eds.) ‘Unbaked Urns of Rudely Shape’, 185-94.  Oxford: Oxbow.

Cleal, R. (2004). The dating and diversity of the earliest ceramics in Wessex and south-west England. In: R. Cleal and J. Pollard (eds.) Monuments and Material Culture: Papers on Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain in Honour of Isobel Smith, 164-92.  East Knoyle: Hobnob Press.

Gibson, A.M. and Kinnes, I.A. (1997). On the urns of a dialemma: radiocarbon and the Peterborough problem.   Oxford Journal of Archaeology 16, 65-72.

Herne, A. (1988). A time and a place for the Grimston bowl.   In:  J. Barrett and I. Kinnes (eds.) The Archaeology of Context in the Neolithic and Bronze Age: Recent Trends, 9-29.  Sheffield: Department of Archaeology and Prehistory.

Smith, I.F. 1966 Windmill Hill and its implications.   Palaeohistoria 12, 469-483.

Smith, I.F. 1974 The Neolithic.  In:  C. Renfrew (ed.) British Prehistory: A New Outline, 100-136.   London:  Duckworth.

Thomas, J.S. (2010). The Return of the Rinyo-Clacton Folk? The Cultural Significance of the Grooved Ware Complex in Later Neolithic Britain. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 20 (1), 1-15.



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