Welcome to the Flepostore website.

The Flemish Pottery and Stone Reference collection (FLEPOSTORE) offers an online open access platform and a physical hands-on collection of locally produced as well as imported pottery and ceramic building material from archaeological contexts and local and imported worked stone from prehistoric till pre-industrial times (ca. 5000BC-1700AD). The focus of the collection is on diagnostic reference geo-materials: clay and rock sourced from natural outcrops or quarries and ceramics from pottery production sites (e.g. kilns, waste contexts) in Flanders but also in neighbouring areas. The intended users are archaeologists, geologists, heritage professionals, students and the wider audience with interest in the topic of the database. Flepostore is a continuous work in progress and doesn't offer an exhaustive overview.

The Flepostore project is the result of a collaboration between the Departments of Archaeology and Geology from Ghent University and is funded by a Hercules Grant from the Flanders Research Foundation (FWO).

More information about the aims, objectives and contents of the database can be found on the Help section of this site. 

The team behind Flepostore

Acknowledgements are due to all persons and institutions who made their collections accessible and have donated samples to the Flepostore collection (archaeological companies, heritage repositories, Flanders Heritage Agency, Musea, etc.).

The website was built by Pieterjan De Potter of the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities (GhentCDH).

Hand specimen photography by Cedric Verhelst.

Version history

v.1.0: 2021, May: launch of the website. Sample and thin section descriptions are still being added. Macroscopic sample descriptions are still being fine-tuned.


The copyright status of this resource is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

CC license




Find location

Project in numbers

  • Ceramic samples: 108
  • Rock samples: 162
  • Thin sections: 395
  • References: 106