SOM-C5BCEA: Roman mortarium rim sherd

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A ceramic rim sherd from a wheel-thrown Roman Oxfordshire white-ware mortarium dating to the period c. AD 240-410. It is 3.0mm thick at the rim, widening to 19.3mm at the flange before tapering to 9.9mm. It weighs 87.86g. The estimated exterior rim diameter of the vessel is 260mm

The fabric is an oxidised pinkish-orange, is hard, reasonably fine and tempered with fine mica and quartz sand (<0.5mm). The outer surface a has rounded white surface with occasional grey and brown, grit the interior white surface has larger pinkish quartzite grit (<3mm) below the flange.

The rim of the vessel, which has been partially chipped and is slightly in-turned with an arched, down-turned flange. It most closely resembles Young's Type M22.4 (1977, 76) which was in use between AD 240-410.

Above the flange a single, possible repair, hole (4.8mm diameter) has been pierced/drilled/punched through the entire sherd. Near to this, a second smaller hole (3.0mm diameter) has been partially pierced from the sherd's interior.

Note that a wider assemblage of pottery found from this site is fully described within Ripon (forthcoming)

Class: Oxfordshire white-ware Young's Type M22.4

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 240
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 63.6 mm
Width: 67.3 mm
Thickness: 19.3 mm
Weight: 87.86 g
Diameter: 260 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 13th July 2018 - Thursday 13th September 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Edward Caswell
Identified by: Mr Edward Caswell

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 017751

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Somerset (Unitary Authority)
District: North Somerset (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Kingston Seymour (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST3766
Four figure Latitude: 51.38952813
Four figure longitude: -2.90679692
1:25K map: ST3766
1:10K map: ST36NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Other

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