LON-BB27D6: A fragment of a Roman ceramic amphora probably dating 5th - 6th century.

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Unique ID: LON-BB27D6

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A fragment of a Roman ceramic amphora probably dating to the 5th century. This is a base sherd from a cigar-shaped amphora from Palestine. The base is covered with distinctive rilling which radiates from the base; there is no foot. The fabric is buff with a white exterior.

Fiona Seeley notes this is an unusual discovery for London, only one other similar sherd has been found in London, excavated from the Billingsgate bath house and that example came from the Eastern Mediterranean, probably Gaza. (Symonds & Tomber 1994 no. 119).

Dimensions: weight: 84g.

Reference: Symonds, R. P. and Tomber R. S. 1994. Late Roman London: an assessment of the ceramic evidence from the City of London. In LAMAS Transactions no. 42. London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, London.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 400
Date to: Circa AD 500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 84 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Fiona Seeley

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Dowgate (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3280
Four figure Latitude: 51.5035277
Four figure longitude: -0.09955492
1:25K map: TQ3280
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Eyes only
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

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Updated: 5 years ago

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