Pottery sheds light on medieval Welsh manor

The discovery of elaborate, locally made pottery is giving insight into a southern Welsh manor and the medieval village surrounding it.

It was thought that both the family of the manor and the surrounding area were poor. But the ram's head pitcher, locally made, shows that the area was doing well enough to bring in skilled craftsmen.

Additional discoveries of French and English pottery at the manor site show that the family was quite wealthy at the time.

Archaeologists believe that the ram's head pitcher would have been used for guests to wash their hands at the dining table. [photo]