To Ribe and Back

Ribe Museum’s storage for their archaeological finds.
Ribe Museum’s storage for their archaeological finds.

Since my Bachelor Thesis focused on the production of English ceramics, the examination of this ceramic group was as inevitable as much as it was necessary to gain an understanding of how these ceramics were produced.

While I had done the same kind of research in Viborg, the studied group was not large enough that it would be useful for my thesis. Therefore, a larger group was needed, which presented itself in Ribe.

In the period between 7-11 of July, I stayed in Ribe and studied the English ceramics available at their museum. The ceramics were chosen based on two criteria, these were:

  • They contained a description as being English pottery or an English ware type (Grimston, Stamford etc.)
  • There was evidence of Alan Vince having studied them

The second criteria was important because Alan Vince worked with using petrology, where the origin of ceramics are proven by determining their geological make-up.

With this criteria, there were found 107 bags containing ceramic sherds, most containing one or two sherds, though two bags containing five sherds were seen. In total, this amounted to about 110 sherds, though not all sherds were available for study as they were exhibited at Ribe Museum.

The area where I studied the ceramics.

After all of the descriptions were done, I took photos of all of the sherds that I had described. In the cases where there was more than one sherd per bag, I took a group photo and then individually photographed each sherd.

The photo station used in Ribe.
An example of what the photos looked like.