ESS-6A6E94: Fragment of 1st or 2nd century Roman glass bottle

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Unique ID: ESS-6A6E94

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Fragment of Roman glass prismatic bottle. The clearly defined 90-degree angle on the fragment shows that it is a body sherd from one corner of a square shaped bottle. Apart from the one clear edge, the fragment is irregular to both sides. It is made from a thick, light blue-green glass with a high number of bubbles. The fragment is 34.48mm long, 4.2mm thick and weighs 4.02g. Bottles with square bodies were in use in the 1st and 2nd centuries. They were used for the transport and storage rather than as tablewares. See Cool and Price, 1995, Roman vessel glass from excavations in Colchester 1971-1985, page 179.

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Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.48 mm
Thickness: 4.2 mm
Weight: 4.02 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Caroline McDonald
Identified by: Ms Sally Worrell

Other reference numbers

Other reference: ID 4109

Materials and construction

Primary material: Glass
Manufacture method: Blown
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Braintree (District)
To be known as: Sible Hedingham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Cool, H.E.M. and Price, J. 1995 Colchester Archaeological Report 8; Roman vessel glass from excavations at Colchester, 1971-85 Colchester Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd. 179

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Audit data

Recording Institution: ESS
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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