IOW-C52944: Site showing ditch fill

Rights Holder: Frank Basford
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Rights Holder: Frank Basford
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Rights Holder: Frank Basford
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Unique ID: IOW-C52944

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Three sherds of Roman pottery. Two are decorated rim sherds and one is a plain body sherd. The two rim sherds join together and the breaks are old. Length (when joined together) 78mm, width 111mm and 8mm thick. Weight of both sherds 102.56g. The body sherd is 32mm in length, 39mm wide and 7mm thick. Weight 11.58g. The breaks are old on this sherd. All three sherds are heavily tempered with fine rounded sand quartz and may belong to a single vessel. About 50mm below the slightly everted rim are two incised horizontal lines. The lower of these lines is much deeper then the upper line. Below the horizontal lines the vessel is decorated with a series of oblique and parallel lines in pairs. These pairs of lines are about 25mm apart and may have been applied using a spatula. The rim diameter of the vessel, when complete, would have been about 18cm.


The sherds were discovered during the creation of a fishing pond and appeared to be in a small sealed ditch, which was sealed prior to the removal of topsoil. The fill of the ditch resembled a natural loamy clay. However, the fill also contained small flecks of charcoal. No other finds earlier than Late Post-medieval date were noted in the area during the stripping of topsoil.

A vessel of similar form and decoration, although smaller, is published in Holbrook, N. and Bidwell, P. T. 1991. 125, 24.3a. This vessel has been dated to c. AD 160-200.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Ascribed Culture:

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 3
Weight: 114.14 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 23rd June 2004

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr John Cleaver

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2004-105

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: Agricultural or drainage work
Discovery circumstances: Creating a fishing pond
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

  • Holbrook, N. and Bidwell, P.T., 1991 Roman Finds from Exeter Exeter City Council: Exeter Archaeological Reports: 4 125 , 32.3a

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Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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