• Short Summary

    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.

  • Description

    1.
    GV ZOOM TO Fulham pottery
    0.10

    2.
    SV Students digging in floor of pottery
    0.26

    3.
    SCU Students with piece of pottery and digging
    0.32

    4.
    CU Students scraping earth from piece of pottery
    0.38

    5.
    CU Student brushing dirt away
    0.45

    6.
    SV ZOOM OUT FORM Student showing site
    0.50

    7.
    SV Salt-glazed stonework kiln
    1.05

    8.
    SCU Archaeology director examining wine flagon after restoration
    1.14

    9.
    CU PAN From Sign 'Animals and Mythical monsters' to pieces of pottery with pictures imprinted
    1.23

    10.
    CU ZOOM INTO George and Dragon
    1.31

    11.
    CU Cock and Jug
    1.33

    12.
    CU Postmaster General of Charles II and his emblem
    1.41

    13.
    CU Madallion with inscription 'Sir Phillip Matthew'
    1.44

    14.
    CU Medallion with Westminster House on it
    1.54

    15.
    SV ZOOM OUT FROM Salt-glazed bottles with imprints
    2.05

    16.
    CU Director examining the most unique porcelain find dated 1980
    2.14



    Initials SC/029 SC/113



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    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.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9OGW5BVY15EP46VJC5C6PTWFT
    Media URN:
    VLVA9OGW5BVY15EP46VJC5C6PTWFT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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