Coarse sandy ware jar

This shape of pot was used in the processing of sugar. It was found during excavations near the quay area in Exeter.
In the 1600s there was an important sugar-refining industry in Exeter and Topsham and the pottery refining vessels are archaeological evidence for this. Sugar cane was grown in plantations in the Americas and Caribbean which used enslaved labour under brutal conditions. The unrefined sugar was then shipped to Britain for final processing in sugar houses in places like Topsham and Exeter. The industry could generate great profits for British merchants.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Exeter archaeology
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collector Excavator
Exeter Archaeology
potterycoarse sandy ware
Common Name
coarse sandy ware jar
Simple Name
Period Classification
Post Medieval (1500-1750)

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coarse sandy ware jar