And the Roman left and the Danes blew inAnd
thats where your history-books begin!
Rudyard Kipling, The Rivers Tale, ca. 1890
The departure of the last Romans from Britain in 422 A.D. left the native
tribes to a far more primitive way of life. In many areas, the art of using
a potters wheel was forgotten, and ancient potting techniques returned
to popular use. For example, in East Anglia, Saxon potters crafted burial
urns that were laboriously built up from hand-smoothed coils of clay. This
one dates from about 500 to 600 A.D.
1. Urn, earthenware. East Anglia, ca. 500600 A.D. Lent by the Chipstone