ABSTRACT

European stoneware from Cape collections provides an interesting, if relatively minor, component of the Cape’s colonial material culture. The long production history of European stoneware has been extensively researched and published elsewhere. European stoneware collections from the Castle sites of the Van der Stel Moat and the Old Granary and from Oudepost I were each catalogued separately using Minimum Number of Vessel and sherd counts. Grey-bodied Westerwald products, with a translucent salt glaze and often decorated with cobalt, were also a major component of European stoneware assemblages in the 17th and 18th centuries, occurring in such utilitarian forms as tankards, jugs, and chamber pots. European stoneware collections from Cape sites exhibit a limited number of the range present in Europe and include forms common from the medieval period through to today, including jugs, pitchers, and mugs.