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RESEARCH FRAMEWORK FOR THE STUDY OF ROMAN POTTERY IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND 1997

Edited by Suzanne Huson on behalf of The Study Group for Roman Pottery, Southern Regional Group October 1997; selectively revised 2002

4. RESEARCH PRIORITIES: COMPARATIVE STUDIES

4.1 London

A project to evaluate the relationship between London and other major cities, particularly ports throughout the Mediterranean littoral and, within Britain, Colchester, Lincoln, Cirencester and York is suggested. Suitable data exists to undertake such a survey. In particular it should prove instructive to compare the early London assemblage with comparable sized sites in neighbouring regions and Continental provinces.

4.2 South-Eastern Britain and Northern Gaul

A project examining the pottery in use in each of these two adjacent regions has been initiated by Dr Robin Symonds. The overall aim of the project is to characterise and compare the pottery used in each of these adjacent regions. A first impression is that in south-eastern Britain imports from Southern and Central Gaul, as well as the Rhineland, Spain and the Mediterranean, are more numerous than imports from the regions immediately across the Channel. The explanation for this seems to lie in the nature of pottery production and use in the two regions. Both regions developed strong local coarse ware industries, which tended to dominate areas of more or less the size of modern English counties - a bit larger in the case of the Alice Holt and Verulamium industries, and a bit smaller in the case of Colchester, Canterbury and north Kent. In northern France and Belgium much coarse ware pottery has been published, but there is a need for better localisation of the coarse ware industries, and as this process takes place it will gradually clarify the similarities and differences of coarse ware production and use on either side of the Channel.

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