NZ Historical Ceramics Database




Individual "named" patterns, including the common Willow and Asiatic Pheasants, are identified by the mark on the base of the ceramic item so that the fll range of patterns found in archaeological sites can be identified and more detailed information compiled on the range of products, sources of supply and variations between sites can be explored. The images included in the database assist in the identification of patterns when pattern marks are absent or only a fragment of an object has survived.

Many patterns found in NZ archaeological sites have not been identified by name. These un-named patterns have generally been given identifiers such as "BR1" assigned by an archaeologist with the first two letters from the original site the pattern was found (e.g., BR = Britomart, HM = His Majesties Theatre etc) and the number usually a sequential list of unnamed patterns. A list of these labels is to be included in the information regarding the site the pattern where first described.

The DOC ceramic reference collection was also compiled and many reports describe uses these pattern numbers such as "EA-EC" and these have been incorporated into the system. Subsquent research has allowed some of the patterns to be identified by name and the database is constructed to allow searches on both systems.

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© Simon H. Bickler (2006)