Pottery and archaeology unite in Out of the Earth at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

By Harriet Thacker | 13 October 2011
A photo of an abstract sculpture
© Courtesy Salisbury Museum
Exhibition: Out of the Earth, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury, October 19 2011 – January 14 2012

Fusing art with archaeology, potter Chris Carter and local archaeologist Martin Green  have worked together to depict prehistoric imprints of farming, community and ritual activity on the county-crossing chalk plateau of Cranborne Chase.

Their joint exhibition at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum shows Carter's work alongside artefacts from Green’s excavations on his own land, fostering a relationship and dialogue between the two.

Green, a self-taught archaeologist, has made vast contributions to British archaeology during 30 years of private excavations at his home in the area.

He is passionate about the plateau, which stretches across Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

It is home to Neolithic, Bronze Age and Roman artefacts and was the birthplace of modern archaeological fieldwork.

Salisbury Museum, renowned for its archaeological collections, is the ideal location for the exhibition, situated on Salisbury Plain close to the Chase itself.

Kim Chittick, Exhibitions Officer at the museum describes the show as "a mutual journey" between the pair, who go for field walks together discovering flint which Carter then hand-crafted into arrow heads for his pieces.

Carter, who like Green was raised on a farm, has always explored the rural landscape and its transformation under man-made tools.

After meeting Green in 2002, Carter's interest in the Chase evolved into his work. Both men want to uncover the stories hidden in the history of the area, and together they create a space where the history of the relationship between man and the natural world can be contemplated.

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