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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 87   1972 page 139

Rochester East Gate, 1969. By A. C. Harrison, B.A., F.S.A.

   36. Cream fabric; no grits on this piece. Origin uncertain but Kent is most probable. Probably second century.
   37. Yellowish cream fabric; greyish and transparent grits. Kent or Colchester,
c. A.D. 100-150.
   38. In soft, fine-textured, yellowish cream fabric with black and white flint grits. Colchester or Kent. Probably late-second or early-third century in date.
   39. Cream fabric with thick brownish core; flint trituration grit. Made in Kent or at Colchester; perhaps before
A.D. 150.
   40. In fine textured cream fabric; there has never been much trituration grit but a very few transparent, white and grey grits can be seen. There is an incomplete stamp of a potter whose stamps read TMH, when complete. These letters presumably represent
tria nomina. He used two differing fabrics which point to activity at (i) Colchester or just possibly Kent (Fabric A), and (ii) potteries in the Verulamium region (Fabric B), this example being in Fabric A. Stamps on these fabrics are now recorded as follows:

A. Colchester (2); Rochester (2); Verulamium.
B. London (2); Verulamium (4); West Wickham (Fox Hill), Kent.

One stamp from Colchester was in a deposit containing Flavian and very early second-century material (Trans. Essex A.S., 3rd series, 1, p. 16, no. 7), and one from Verulamium was in a deposit dated A.D. 115-130. (S. S. Frere, Verulamium, I, p. 379, no. 39.) He would best fit a date of c. A.D. 110-145. It is highly probable that his activity at Colchester was the earlier.
   41. In fine-textured cream fabric with grey and white flint, red-brown, and transparent grit. The incomplete stamp is from the same die as no. 40.

(iii) Samian Ware (Fig. 13) 

By A. P. DETSICAS, M.A., F.S.A.

   As in the case of the coarse pottery, the majority of the samian ware derived either from pits or disturbed layers, with a few sherds securely stratified in their appropriate contexts. The largest proportion of the sherds was of Central Gaulish origin, with South Gaulish factories represented by a larger number of sherds than East Gaulish ware.
   (a)
Plain forms. The assemblage comprised most of the forms of plain samian current in the late first century A.D. and continuing to the close of the second century; it included the following stamped vessels: (i) PEC(       ), with the first two letters ligatured and the P

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