all the Britons the inhabitants of Kent are by far the most civilized.
Julius Caesar, De Bello Galico, 54 B.C.
The tidal marshlands near the Kentish village of Upchurch were once home to
a major potting industrynot unlike Staffordshire in later times. Beginning
in the mid-nineteenth century, archaeological collectors sent their servants
into the mud to dig up Romano-British pottery. In the 1950s, the Noël Humes
continued this archaeological pursuit. The examples shown here range from superb
objects made by master potters (3) to the rejected work of apprentices (5).
Along with huge quantities of broken and kiln-spoiled local pottery, the marshes
yielded several imports from Europe such as a white ware pitcher (9) and an