SF-049ECF: SF-049ECF: Roman samian ware

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Unique ID: SF-049ECF

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Three fragments from Roman Gaulish samian ware vessels. The fragments all come from the body of vessels and are decorated.

1. (left) The fabric is hard and fine and is dull pinkish in colour with occasional white flecks. The slip is a satin dark orange. The decoration consists, from top to bottom, of an ovolo border, a horizontal line of pellets, a festoon containing a hare leaping right divided from the next festoon by a transverse line of pellets, a further horizontal line of pellets and finally the upper edge of an unclear motif. It is of Central Gaulish (Lezoux) manufacture. Robert Hopkins (pers. com.) comments that it is 'later Antonine, it may be by Doeccus'.

2. (centre) The fabric is soft and fine and bright orange in colour. It is tempered with plentiful mica and occasional angular quartz (<1mm). The slip is a glossy red-brown. It is probably of Central Gaulish (Lezoux) manufacture. The edges of festoon decoration can be seen on the outer face. Hopkins comments that it is 'in the style of Pugnus, again, later Antonine'.

3. (right) The fabric is soft and fine with few inclusions visible to the naked eye. It is pinkish orange in colour and the slip is a glossy orange-brown. The outer face is decorated with an ovolo motif with the upper edge of an unclear motif (possibly a palisade) below. It is possibly of Central Gaulish manufacture. Hopkins comments that it is probable 'Hadrianic - early Antonine judging by the tassels on the ovolo frieze. A common feature of second century central samian is minute 'bobbling' in areas between the raised decoration, it's visible on this sherd.'

Total weight: 33.96g

Thanks to Robert Hopkins for his comments on this record (ALB 25/05/17)

Class: Samian ware

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 3
Weight: 33.96 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st July 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Booth
Identified by: Ms Anna Booth

Materials and construction

Primary material: Ceramic
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Wenhaston with Mells Hamlet

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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