YORYM-85FE52: Iron Age : Vessel

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Unique ID: YORYM-85FE52

Object type certainty: Certain
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37 sherds of a handmade ceramic vessel of modern date. The sherds are from a hematite burnished ware vessel with an oxidized fabric. The inclusions are small, circular and light coloured (white) and are likely to be quartzite. Some ovate voids are present and the fabric is quite hard.
Many of the sherds can be fitted together giving an estimated diameter of 14cm suggesting the vessel was a small and shallow bowl or dish.

Hematite was extensively used in antiquity to colour the surface of pottery. Most frequently, the pulverized pigment was applied to the surface of a leather-hard pot and then burnished, but was also sometimes applied as a slip. Burnishing is a type of finishing technique which involves rubbing a leather-hard vessel with a hard tool, such as a stone or potsherd, to produce a glossy surface with irregular luster and polishing marks.

Dr Kevin Leahy, National Finds Advisor, has examined these sherds and while initially suspecting an Iron Age date for the vessel due to similarities with Early Iron Age burnished wares reported from the South of England, and also to sherds recently reported as surface finds from Yorkshire, was unsure due to the hardness of the fabric. Upon further examination and consultation with Dr Terry Manby, it was determined that the sherds are kiln fired and therefore a result of modern craft activity, presumably attempting to mimic ancient styles.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1900
Date to: Circa AD 2000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 37

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Materials and construction

Primary material: Ceramic
Manufacture method: Wheel made
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Bradford (Metropolitan District)
District: Bradford (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Ilkley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE1146
Four figure Latitude: 53.91004
Four figure longitude: -1.83404
1:25K map: SE1146
1:10K map: SE14NW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Other

References cited

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Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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