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096-0081 Morgan Jones Pottery Kiln Archaeological Site

Morgan Jones Pottery Kiln Archaeological Site
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VLR Listing Date 06/18/1974

NRHP Listing Date 10/16/1974

NPS property number 74002150

Archaeological evidence and historical documents combine to make the site of Morgan Jones’s pottery kiln a unique relic of a 17th-century American craft industry. According to Westmoreland County records, on August 28, 1677, Morgan Jones entered into a partnership with Dennis White for the “making and selling of Earthen warre” from a kiln on the western side of Lower Machotick (Machodoc) Creek. Investigation of the site in 1973 by archaeologists of the Department of Historic Resources uncovered the kiln’s remains and unearthed many fragmentary samples of pottery manufactured here. Shards of wares similar to those found at the kiln site have been found in numerous archaeological sites in the Tidewater region, making the kiln excavations a valuable tool for dating and identifying Virginia pottery of the period. The site is preserved under county ownership.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated November 7, 2018