Kent Archaeological Review extract

Saxon Pot from Reculver.
by Alice Johns.

DRAWING: Frankish Bottle from Reculver ( 1/3rd)  (Drawn by Graham Welstead).

Frankish Bottle from Reculver ( 1/3rd) (Drawn by Graham Welstead).

A very fine Anglo-Saxon pot, found at Reculver before the Second World War, has just been brought to the notice of the CKA after an interval of more than forty years. This is entirely due to the interest and goodwill of the finder, Mr J D Watsham of Sussex. It was back in about 1936 that Mr Watsham and his father were walking along the cliffs at Reculver that the discovery was made. Sea erosion had caused the soft cliffs to collapse and the vessel lay in loose soil about halfway down the face. The find-spot must now be hundreds of feet into the sea as coastal erosion here has been very severe in the last few decades. The vessel seems to be a very fine decorated bottle of Frankish type, perhaps dating from about AD 550-700. The rim is missing and the decoration, badly worn, is confined to the upper half of the vessel in the normal way. The fabric is sandy and the colour a buff-grey. The exact significance of the find is difficult to gauge for several reasons, but members of the Reculver Excavation Group are studying other early Anglo-Saxon material from the area. It is hoped that this may resolve some of the problems relating to Reculver between the end of Roman Britain and the construction of the important church on the site in about AD 669.
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