This vase was found by Simon Somerscales in the River Cherwell near Enslow bridge. At first
sight it looked like a modern vase of the sort you can buy in a garden centre. However, when
Anni Byard, the archaeologist running our dig at
Gibraltar Point, started to clean it she began to think that it might be medieval, perhaps
from the potteries at Brill or Boarstall. It has therefore been sent to Maureen Mellor, a
medieval pottery specialist in Oxford, for identification.
Simon has an extensive collection of local finds and old photographs and is especially
interested in old glass. Contact him at