LVPL-3A24F6: Roman fine ware vessel - image David Firth Photography

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Unique ID: LVPL-3A24F6

Object type certainty: Certain
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An almost complete small fine ware vessel. Appearance seems to be a well-made vessel with a red slip coating on the outside with occasional inclusions of mica which is probably of Roman date. The rim of the object curves outwards and is chipped and worn in one place. Circumferential grooves from the wheel (wheel marks) are visible on the internal face of the vessel and on the vessel base which is uneven due to wear.

The vessel is mid-orange in color and is in good condition. The rim, body and part of the base of the vessel is worn however overall there is not much wear.


Found during a beach comb, the rim of the vessel was visible in the sand. Once uncovered these seemed to be remains of soot, possibly indicating that it had been in a fire.

The vessel has been examined by Gill Dunn and Jeff Speakman who agree it is likely to be of Roman date with both the form and fabric suggesting Roman. It is unusal to find a complete Roman vessel such as this. Gill Dunn notes that the fabric is similar to fabric 472 within the Grosvenor Museum's reference collection, although no. 472 is less micaceous and has more of an orange/brown slip and is without provenance.

Colour coated wear from Germany is similar to this example however does not usually have mica inclusions.

This object has kindly been donated to the Museum of Liverpool by the finder.

Image curtesy of David Firth Photography

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Museum of Liverpool
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 409

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 53 mm
Width: 60 mm
Weight: 95.3 g
Diameter: 66 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 2018 - Thursday 1st February 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Melissa Wood
Identified by: Ms Melissa Wood

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wirral (Metropolitan District)
District: Wirral (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Leasowe and Moreton East (Metropolitan District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ2692
Four figure Latitude: 53.41958756
Four figure longitude: -3.11493902
1:25K map: SJ2692
1:10K map: SJ29SE
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: Beach combing
Current location: Museum of Liverpool
General landuse: Coastland

References cited

No references cited so far.

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