Round-bottomed pot made of shell-tempered ceramic

Foto: AMHMiddle Age

Hamburg Archaeological Museum

Hamburg Archaeological Museum
Hamburg, Germany

The shell-tempered pottery is characterized by the use of finely ground seashells as temper particles. This shell grit can be seen as white particles in the ceramic. Shell-tempered pottery was manufactured on the North Sea coast and exported on a large scale. In Hamburg, such great amounts of this type of ceramic could be found, that researchers even suggested that Frisian traders settled in the town.


  • Title: Round-bottomed pot made of shell-tempered ceramic
  • Creator: Foto: AMH
  • Date: Middle Age
  • Location: Hamburg-Altstadt, Schauenburgerstraße/Pelzerstraße
  • Provenance: Archäologisches Museum Hamburg Stadtmuseum Harburg|Helms-Museum
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Medium: Clay

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