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Saxon Pot from Reculver.
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.