Small hand-made pot: 6th century
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Small hand-made pot in grey clay, with a large crack down one side. When Anglo-Saxon men and women died they were usually buried in their best clothes with items they might need in the afterlife, perhaps donated by grieving relatives. The quantity and value of these 'grave-goods' reflected the people's wealth and status. Goods range from fine gold jewellery and imported glassware to handmade pots like this one from the grave of a woman in the Saxon burial ground in Mitcham, London Borough of Merton. The only other objects in her grave were a pair of shears and a small knife.
501 AD - 600 AD