RESEARCH FRAMEWORK FOR THE STUDY OF ROMAN POTTERY IN THE NORTH OF BRITAIN
Edited by Jeremy Evans & Steven Willis on behalf of the SGRP, Northern Regional Group. October 1997; selectively revised 2002
8. SAMIAN, OTHER FINE WARE AND MORTARIA
The character of the Samian and fine ware components of assemblages can be useful for locating sites within the economic and social hierarchy (cf. Willis 1997a) of regions, and are a potentially sensitive indicator of 'Romanization'. However, there have been very few published reports in the region in which Samian data are quantified and adequately integrated into the wider pottery report. Tabulated specific data seem essential for further analysis of Samian assemblages on an inter-site or regional scale and need to include details of the full form assemblage present on each site, preferably at least by site phase/period. In addition decorated wares present need to be itemized (again, perhaps, in tabular format) giving details of potters represented and motifs, in addition to the full publication of pieces of intrinsic interest (Willis 1997b). Examination of some of these data on a regional scale ought to enable wider questions of Samian ware supply to be addressed (cf. 3.8).
Fulford and Huddleston (1991, 39) identified a corpus of mortaria stamps as a national priority. This remains the case and it is equally a high priority to the northern region. (See also military supply above, 3.3).
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