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Early period pottery seems to have been a development of late Bronze Age styles. During the later period, however, two main styles emerged. By the end of the Iron Age pottery known as Belgic ware was widespread in Essex and was wheel-thrown.

Finds at Woodham Walter included a miniature pot used as a crucible for melting glass or enamel, found in the ditch of an enclosure, while from Mucking a number of crucibles and clay moulds for bronze working, and ingot moulds for gold and silver indicate extensive metalworking on the site. Mucking has also produced what is possibly the earliest tangible evidence for iron working in the county. A hoard of at least 19 bronze objects from Lofts Farm represents the only known Iron Age hoard of bronze objects in Essex.