The Roman Pottery of Kent by Dr Richard J. Pollard
- Appendix 5 page 229
Doctoral thesis completed in 1982, published 1988
These tables present vessel rim
equivalents proportions by fabric for a small number of Kent
assemblages, calculated by the present author (q.v. Chapter
2.IV.3). The fabrics are divided into four groups: fine wares,
coarse wares, mortaria and amphorae. These are accorded fabric
numbers from Appendix 2, with some additional undesignated ware
categories, for example, hand-made and iron-free ('buff) fine
wares. The sandy coarse wares are divided into categories in order to facilitate
comparison of assemblages and to circumvent the problem of
source-allocation. The following in
parenthesis codes are employed for sandy wares:
(B) = iron-free 'buff'
(or white, cream)
(O) = oxidised
(W) = covered in iron-free 'white' (or buff,
Unless otherwise specified, all sandy wares are
wheel-thrown. The 'glauconite' fabric is that of the third to
first century B.C. discussed in Chapter 3. 'Flint' covers
flint-grog and flint-sand wares, excepting Coarse Ware Fabric 10, which is isolated. Amphorae are given a Dressel type-number where
The tabulated figures are set out as follows. In
all groups, the right-hand column contains the figures for the proportion of Fabric X as a part of the total assemblage (summing all
four groups), with the first line quoting the total vessel rim equivalence of the assemblage (e.g. 409 per cent). The centre
column of Fine Wares, and the left-hand column of other groups,
deals with the proportion of Fabric X within its group: thus, for
5.II.1 Springhead (1), 65.2 per cent of the Fine Wares were of Fabric 24A. However, in several
instances the samian was not available for study, and in order to allow comparison between assemblages with and without
available samian, a third (left-hand) Fine Ware column gives fabric proportions of the Fine Ware assemblage
excluding samian. A / in the centre column denotes
samian present but not studied. The first line in the centre/left
columns quotes the total vessel rim equivalence of the
Fabric Group. An x in any column denotes the presence of a fabric
as body/base sherds or as rims too small for measurement.
The assemblages studied (dating is the present
author's, unless otherwise specified):
Rochester (1) - Chaplin 1962, 50-54 High Street, Trench E2 layer
15. First century B.C. to
A.D. Rochester (2) -
ibid., Trench E2 Pit K. First century A.D. with intrusives.
Rochester (1) and (2) studied by kind
permission of Mr G.K. Horner.
Springhead (1) - Grid 114, pit layers 7+8+10. Second half first century
A.D. Springhead (l)-(4) studied by kind permission of the late Mr S.R. Harker and Mr J.
Brenley Corner (1) - Area 3.3/3.7, Ditch 1. Second half first
Wye (1) - Bradshaw 1970, the Ditch. Late first century A.D., possibly
extending into early second. Studied
by kind permission of Mr J. Bradshaw.