DENO-A5D625: Roman: Samian (probable South Gaulish ware) Fragment of Plate or bowl

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Unique ID: DENO-A5D625

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete fragment of a Samian (probable South Gaulish ware) probable plate or bowl of the Roman period, dating from c. AD 40 - c. AD 200.

The fragment is broadly C shape in plan and triangular in section. Part of the pedastal foot remains and the body curves up slightly towards the edges which have broken away leaving a small triangular protrusion. The base of the plate or bowl has been decorated with a semi circular groove towards the outer edge. In the centre the remains of the pedastal foot are present and comprise of a broadly triangular protrusion, this has been decorated on the inside of the foot with three evenly spaced grooves. The top of the object is decorated with an incised groove towards the outer edge of the fragment, and the bowl slopes gently towards the centre. The fabris is of a orange colour with some small white and grey inclusions. There is a shiney red brown slip present on both surfaces of the bowl. The core is fully oxidised.

The fragment measures 86.6 mm in length and is 46.9 mm wide. It has a maximum thickness (with the foot) of 21.0 mm and without the foot measures 11.8 mm thick. It weighs 50.4 g.

The object is a dark orange to red in colour, with an orange core with white and grey inclusions. It has an uneven patina. Abrasion caused by movement whilst within the plough soil may have resulted in the loss of some of the original surface detail. This fragment closely resembles the fabric of the South Gaulish (La Graufesenque) Terra Sigillata , and was probably made in La Graufesenque (Aveyron) on the outskirts of Milau, which dates from the mid First Century AD - the Third Century AD. For similar examples see (accessed 21/12/2016). Due to the nature of the fragment and the damage sustained it is difficult to distinguish what the vessel would have looked like when complete. However it is fair to assume, from the shape, that this fragment is from a plate or shallow bowl. Similar examples have also been recorded on the database including YORYM-FF6780, SUR-196DBD and DENO-D659EB.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 40
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 86.6 mm
Width: 46.9 mm
Thickness: 21 mm
Weight: 50.4 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Helen Glenn (Derby)
Identified by: Miss Helen Glenn (Derby)

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Derby E8323

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: South Kesteven (District)
Parish or ward: Westborough and Dry Doddington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK8445
Four figure Latitude: 52.99575027
Four figure longitude: -0.74991196
1:25K map: SK8445
1:10K map: SK84NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out detecting

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DENO
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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