HESH-4B7574: Roman: Box flue Tile

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TILE

Unique ID: HESH-4B7574

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Incomplete fragment of a Roman (100-350 AD) box flue tile. The fragment is broadly sub-rectangular in both plan and profile. In cross section it is irregular being broadly sub-rectangular with two projecting edges (forming an angular n) It measures 61.2mm in length, 42.5mm width and is 30mm deep. The tile is 17.6mm thick and the distance between the two internal projecting ‘walls’ is 71.2mm. The tile weighs 241.08 grams. The fabric of the tile is relatively hard with a number of angular and sub-angular quartz, limestone, and grit inclusions. The fabric colour is a uniform mid orange brown colour. The inside face of the tile is relatively pitted and rough, it also has a mid grey colour, possibly soot stain visible under magnification contained within the pits. The outer face is smooth and has been burnished slightly. One edge has distinctive swirling (concentric circle) carded / combed pattern. Within this a mid cream white coloured plaster adheres. There is no evidence of mortar on any of the surfaces of the tile. Box flue tiles were used in Roman heated buildings to act a chimneys / flues to warm and take away hot air / smoke from a hypocaust / heating system.

Class: Box flue

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 100
Date to: AD 350

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 61.2 mm
Width: 42.5 mm
Thickness: 17.6 mm
Weight: 241.08 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Pottery
Manufacture method: Multiple
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Weston under Penyard (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO6424
Four figure Latitude: 51.913359
Four figure longitude: -2.524779
1:25K map: SO6424
1:10K map: SO62SW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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