Fifth Century Pottery in Devon and North East Cornwall

Paul BidwellORCID logo

Independent Researcher and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Durham, UK. Email:

Cite this as: Bidwell, P. 2016 Fifth Century Pottery in Devon and North East Cornwall, Internet Archaeology 41.


In western Cornwall production of pottery in the local gabbroic fabric seems to have continued throughout the 5th century. Very small quantities reached sites in north-east Cornwall and south Devon. The date at which pottery use ended in the remainder of Devon cannot be established at present. In the final phase the pottery in use consisted almost entirely of South Devon ware and BB1 from south-east Dorset; at Exeter importation of both wares ceased at about the same time. Changes in the latest coarse ware forms are discussed, and the importance of post-Roman Mediterranean imports in dating the end of the Romano-British industries is highlighted.

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