Medieval Scotland determined to have had thriving pottery industry

A new study of 12th century monastic and castle sites in southern Scotland shows that the country's pottery industry was larger than previosuly believed, and it was much less dependent on foreign imports. (photo)

The research, funded by Historic Scotland, used new identification techniques to determine the source of clay and ceramic samples from sites such as Cadzow, Linlithgow and Dirleton, finding that sources and production were "both much more diffuse and prevalent than previously thought."

"This will not only enhance our understanding of Scotland at this time and how it developed but also has huge potential for researchers working with ceramics across continents and centuries," said Rod McCullagh, of Historic Scotland.