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Last Updated:  Thursday, 3 April, 2003, 08:20 GMT 09:20 UK
Experts dig up pottery history
Archaeologists have unearthed a glimpse of what life used to be like for pottery workers in Stoke-on-Trent.

The city council's archaeology team is carrying out excavations in Woodland Street, Tunstall.

The site was home to workers' houses dating to the mid 19th century, which were demolished in the 1950s.

Tile and brick floors are visible in the remains of the two-up, two-down terraced houses.

'Sustained the pottery industry'

Senior archaeologist David Barker said: "For the first time, archaeologists are looking at evidence of early domestic life in the city.

"Over the years we have learned a great deal about the local pottery industry and its products, but the people who worked in the industry have been overlooked."

Mr Barker added: "The opportunity to look at the houses of these people is important, and gives an insight into the living conditions and domestic routines of the workers who sustained the pottery industry."

The dig is being funded by the site's developers Dransfield Properties.

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