A team of archaeologists -- racing to complete their excavation of ancient pottery in south-west London before it is demolished -- have discovered a store of finely decorated stoneware pottery from the 17th century and what seem to be the first examples of European porcelain.
GV ZOOM TO Fulham pottery
SV Students digging in floor of pottery
SCU Students with piece of pottery and digging
CU Students scraping earth from piece of pottery
CU Student brushing dirt away
SV ZOOM OUT FORM Student showing site
SV Salt-glazed stonework kiln
SCU Archaeology director examining wine flagon after restoration
CU PAN From Sign 'Animals and Mythical monsters' to pieces of pottery with pictures imprinted
CU ZOOM INTO George and Dragon
CU Cock and Jug
CU Postmaster General of Charles II and his emblem
CU Madallion with inscription 'Sir Phillip Matthew'
CU Medallion with Westminster House on it
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Salt-glazed bottles with imprints
CU Director examining the most unique porcelain find dated 1980
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Background: A team of archaeologists -- racing to complete their excavation of ancient pottery in south-west London before it is demolished -- have discovered a store of finely decorated stoneware pottery from the 17th century and what seem to be the first examples of European porcelain. Porcelain -- a hard, transparent material of almost pure clay -- was previously thought to have been first manufactured in Missen in Germany in 1710, but these London examples are a quarter of a century earlier.
John Dwight -- scholar, chemist and founder of the pottery -- was also the first person to produce in commercial quantities a new kind of stoneware pottery glazed with salt. His designs for these are of the highest quality. They include decorated wine-jars and medallions with the emblem of particular drinking houses of the time. There were also medallions designed for noblemen close to King Charles II who reigned from 1660 - 1685 A.D.
Although the pottery itself will be demolished, a kiln -- used for putting a glaze on the pottery -- will be turned into a museum.