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Ceramics in the Medieval Garden

Ceramics in the medieval garden

Moorehouse, S. A. “Ceramics in the Medieval Garden”

Garden Archaeology ed. Brown, A. E. Council for British Archaeology, Research Report no 78. (1991)

Abstract

Much has been written recently about medieval gardens which has revolutionized our understanding of them (Dyer 1989). The books by Teresa McLean (1981) and John Harvey (1981), drawing mainly on the wealth of untapped documentary evidence, have transformed our views of the aristocratic and institutional gardens. Their earthwork remains can now be recognised in the landscape (eg Taylor 1983, 33–40). Even the more functional and subsistence-based gardens of the peasantry were not as empty or as simple as once thought (eg Moorhouse 1981, 822–30). However, despite the wealth of evidence, little has been said about how medieval gardeners managed their gardens and, in particular, the tools and equipment which they used.

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