PUBLIC-6D577B: Roman Mortaria

Rights Holder: Graham Brandejs
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Unique ID: PUBLIC-6D577B

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

A fragment of a Roman Mortaria made from Oxford colour coated ware , dating to the period AD 50- 410. The fragment is broadly triangular in shape and includes part of the foot ring, a low pedestal-like ring formed on the base of a vessel to enable it to stand more securely. The fabric is a sandy orange colour on either side with the original grey colour still clearly visible in the centre of the cross-section. The fragment has small to medium inclusions of quartzite, on what would have been the interior of the mortaria only. The fragment measures 73.45mm in width, 42.64 high, and is 6.39mm thick. The fragment weighs 34.7g.

The original vessel would have been a bowl-shaped vessel for grinding. They are diagnostic of the Roman period in Britain, since they were only used in Roman times, and more have been found in Britain than in the rest of the empire. The first mortaria were made in Italy from the 3rd century BC. Developed in industries in Gaul and along the Rhine in the 1st century BC, with occasional imports into Britain. Imported in larger numbers post-Conquest. Within 15 years of the Conquest, mortaria factories were established in eastern Britain. Mortaria were used for grinding spices and sauces. The popularity of mortaria shows a diet change, signalled by a desire to grind foodstuffs smaller.

Class: Oxford colour coated ware

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 42.64 mm
Width: 73.45 mm
Thickness: 6.39 mm
Weight: 34.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 22nd November 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Graham Brandejs
Identified by: Mr Graham Brandejs

Materials and construction

Primary material: Ceramic
Secondary material: Other
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Babergh (District)
Parish or ward: Great Waldingfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL9146
Four figure Latitude: 52.07940281
Four figure longitude: 0.78591276
1:25K map: TL9146
1:10K map: TL94NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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