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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

5. SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS: SUGGESTED PRIORITIES / POTENTIAL

5.1 Samian identification

Problems with the Martres-de-Veyre fabric identification have highlighted the desirability of chemical analysis of Samian fabrics. If they can be obtained, kiln samples should be analysed, but in an initial project supposed Martres-de-Veyre Samian from Regis House (London) excavations could be compared with South and Central Gaulish Samian. The real objective of this project is to try to link microscope identifications of fresh sherd breaks with stylistic identifications of decorated sherds. If we could have confidence that microscope identifications are accurate, then these could also be applied to plain wares.

5.2 Residue analysis

The major excavation at Regis House, London, has produced in large quantities, different types of amphorae containing residue. The analysis of residues on specific types of amphorae, such as London 555 and Richborough 527 would help further our understanding of the relationship between form/fabric and content. This has wider implications for the study of trade.

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