Traded Goods vs. Trader’s Goods: British Ceramics in Denmark

In my third semester, I had a course called Almen A (General A) which was focused mainly on ceramics, the production of different goods, as well as trading of goods. I decided to focus upon British ceramics in Denmark, as it was an area of Danish archaeology which seemed to be in dire need of attention.

“Because of Denmark’s position in the Baltic as a gateway to Russia and ¬†other countries to the east of Denmark, and because of its early expansion and occupation into such territories as England, it is not surprising that imported ceramics from countries such as England appear in the finds context in Denmark. However there is still the question as to the function of these imported British ceramics? Were they brought along as personal effects and accidentally left in Denmark, or did they break when they got to Denmark and were then discarded? Is it possible that they were brought as containers for perishable goods that have since been used, leaving only the pottery behind? Were they purchased and traded in Denmark as well as England as souvenirs, gifts, or household goods?”

Through this paper, I managed to determine that the British ceramics were used as trader’s goods, which means they were most likely brought along by merchants to Denmark and then discarded, though this idea will most likely be proven by future research.

To read the full paper, press this download link here: Traders Goods vs Traded goods