WMID-6A72A2: A sherd of probable Mancetter-Hartshill mortaria, dating between 200-350 AD.

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Unique ID: WMID-6A72A2

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A wheel-thrown base (and side) sherd of probable Mancetter-Hartshill mortaria (54mm x 56mm with a thickness of 11.5mm at the edge of the base; weight: 45.79g). The sherd has a fine-textured and powdery fabric with an off-white core and inclusions of fine quartz and occasional red-brown and white particles grit. The grit seems to be fairly worn which may indicate that the vessel was used to a fair extent.

This type of mortaria has its main source at Mancetter and Hartshill on the Warwickshire/ Leicestershire border, where many kilns have been recorded and excavated. Unfortunately, without part of the rim, it is difficult to date the sherd closely, but the curved base indicates it is probably later in date between 200-350 AD. Its distribution is extensive in the Midlands and north during this time (Tyers, 1997, page 123).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 11.5 mm
Weight: 45.79 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 11th March 2004

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Caroline Johnson
Identified by: Ms Caroline Johnson

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dudley (Metropolitan District)
District: Dudley (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Hayley Green and Cradley South (Metropolitan District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO9483
Four figure Latitude: 52.44493003
Four figure longitude: -2.0897017
1:25K map: SO9483
1:10K map: SO98SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Tyers, P.A. 1996 Roman Pottery in Britain B.T. Batsford page 123

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Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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