"Elegant" local Vale Ware aquamanile found in Cosmeston, Wales

A fragment of a locally-made pottery aquamanile, used by dinner guests to wash their hands, has been discovered at an archaeological dig of a manor house near Cosmeston, Wales. The fragment dates to the 13th century. (photo)

"It shows they weren't the family of a poor knight on their uppers, but living a much better life than we'd previously thought,” remarked Professor John Hines from Cardiff University, leader of the dig. Hines also said of the pottery, decorated with a ram's head, that "they had never found such an elegant piece made from the local Vale Ware."