The skills of the Viking-Age potter are evident in vessels such as this pitcher. Although the vessel is large and heavy, the walls and base are surprisingly thin. Vessels such as these would have been used to store ale or other liquids.
Cooking Pots Small cooking pots played an important role in food preparation in Viking-Age York. They are the most common form of pottery vessel found in excavations, surviving mostly as small broken sherds.
The project explores how prehistoric people dressed and expressed creativity and identity through pottery, metalwork and textiles during the period 1800-500 BC. University of Southampton archaeologist Dr Jo Sofaer, who is leading CinBA, says: “I’m interested in finding out what drove Bronze Age people to make the leap from clothing which was purely functional – to using clothes, along with metalwork and accessories, as a form of expression.