IOW-87360E: Roman Vectis Ware Body Sherds

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Unique ID: IOW-87360E

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A collection of six Vectis Ware pottery body sherds (AD 43-409). Tomalin 1987: 30-40.

Overall weight: 43.02g.

Vectis ware is hand-made, well finished and relatively hard, being barely scratched with the fingernail. Its internal and external surface is partly reddish-yellow (Munsell Color 5YR 6/6), which is the colour yielded by a characteristic oxidised crust which is usually weakly visible due to a more general darkening of the final surface burnishing. The colour produced by burnishing is usually very dark grey (Munsell Color 5YR 3/1) but hints of the reddish sub-surface is ever present in the form of oxidised patches or a general speckling. On a few pots the burnish has seemingly failed and the whole the whole of the surface may be reddened. In such cases the oxidised sub-surface may tend to decay and laminate. A macroscopic examination of the core of a typical Vectis ware sherd reveals 10-20% sub-angular medium quartz sand...The Combley [Roman Villa, Isle of Wight] kiln bars show 20% honey and milky translucent quartz grains but in other variants black morion quartz and shell sea sand have been noted. Vectis ware may be decorated with burnished hatching which, like that on black burnished ware, is frequently difficult to discern. On rare vessels, like forms 30 and 32, comb point decoration is employed' (Tomalin 1987, 'Roman Wight: A Guide Catalogue'. 31).

Tomalin, D. J. 1987. Roman Wight: A Guide Catalogue to 'The Island of Vectis, Very Near Britannia'. The Isle of Wight: Isle of Wight Council.

Class: body sherds

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 43
Date to: Exactly AD 409

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 6
Weight: 43.02 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 19th November 2014

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Dr Vicky Basford
Secondary identifier: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2014-10-7

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

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: Found while searching cliff slopes
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Coastland
Specific landuse: Cliff and related features

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