For Historical archeologists, ceramics are a diagnostic tool for dating because many English ceramic types can be dated to within 5 or so years of their manufacture.
Access to this knowledge led to something called the Mean Ceramic Date.
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Historical archeologists have an advantage when it comes to dating because of the written historical record.
Dates allow archeologists to connect a site/deposit to a specific time period, allowing us a better understanding of the past.
A known manufacturing date tells us that the site cannot be older than the object, but that doesn’t mean that the site is not a lot younger. The presence of these things can throw off the mean ceramic date. In an ideal world, every deposit would contain a dated penny.
Sadly, the majority of artifacts are not stamped with their date of manufacture.
Instead, archeologists have to be a bit more creative.
If you are at all interested in antique bone china you will need to keep this guide handy. This section is not a directory of pottery marks, but explains who founded the company, in what era, and what happened subsequently. The A - Z directory starts immediately below a short introduction.