Last week we had a JCB at the Bradford Kaims to extend Trench 6. When cleaning this new extension, Project Officer Tom Gardner found one of the most exciting finds this site has ever seen: a large fragment of Bronze Age pottery. After giving it a wash, we discovered that the pottery was decorated with cord impressions making a criss-cross shape on its outer surface. The sherd is part of the pot’s rim, and thumb imprints can be seen where its creator was shaping it.
Although twisted cord impressions are common in Neolithic pottery, this sherd was found in a context that is likely contemporaneous with Bronze Age radiocarbon dates. Neolithic pottery is also extremely rare in the North East of England which led us to conclude that it was in fact Bronze Age.
Project Manager Rachel Brewer is currently doing an archaeological pottery drawing from the sherd to gauge how large the pot could have been, then it will be sent to our finds department for further analysis!
The latest pottery finds from Trench 6 (the first burnt mound) at the Kaims has proved to be very interesting. The two sherds were thought by Paul Gething (Kaims Director) to be of early Neolithic date, a date confirmed yesterday evening by Dr Clive Waddington during a site visit. Clive, of Archaeological Research Services, is is in the region as part of the the ‘Rescued from the Sea’ archaeological project, details of which can be found here: http://www.nwt.org.uk/rescued-from-the-sea
One of the sherds of pottery (scale at top, 8cm)
Tentatively then, it appears that upper layers of the burnt mound have produced Carinated Bowl of early fourth millennium BC date. The pottery was found just to the west of the stone ‘hearth’ feature that was dated to 4230 BC (+/- 235 yrs) by archaeomagnetic means by Sam Harris of Bradford University. It seems increasingly likely then, that the mound is very early in date, and all the more interesting as a result.