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Unique ID: SOM-2A9CC1

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Roman ceramic body sherd from a South-Western (Devon) Black burnishes ware (BB!) vessel of uncertain type, probably a jar, dating tbetween c. AD 100-4.00.

The fabric is hard and has a reduced grey colour throughout. It has a fine sandy temper with very occasional quartz grit (<0.8mm) and occasional occasional micaceous inclusions. The fabric conforms most closely to that described by Webster (Holbrook and Bidwell eds. 1991, 114).

The body sherd's profile is convex with an even thickness throughout. There are three transverse impressed grooves running across the body of the sherd and another running diagonally such that there would have been a cross hatch pattern across at least one regions of the vessel (see examples illustrated by Holbrook and Bidwell eds. 1991, 117-132). The outside surface has a thick black burnish while the inside appears to have been left bear and coarse.

The sherds breaks are still defined but abraded.

The sherd is 26.1mm long, 27.8mm wide, 5.4mm thick and weighs 4.07 grams.

The fabric identifies the sherd as coming from South Western source of Black burnished ware. However vessels of various forms, typically jars, are illustrated by Holbrook and Bidwell (eds. 1991, 114) and numerous forms have the same cross hatch decoration (Holbrook and Bidwell eds. 1991, 117-132) such that it is not possible to be more definitive on the vessels' form. The fabric of the vessel is said to have been used from the first century AD until the fourth century AD.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26.1 mm
Width: 27.8 mm
Thickness: 5.4 mm
Weight: 4.07 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 21st November 2018 - Thursday 21st February 2019

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 018362

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Martock CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

  • Holbrook, N. and Bidwell, P.T., 1991 Roman Finds from Exeter Exeter City Council: Exeter Archaeological Reports: 4

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