Study Group for Roman Pottery

National Research Framework: West of Britain

Urban Assemblages

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RESEARCH FRAMEWORK FOR THE STUDY OF ROMAN POTTERY IN THE WEST OF BRITAIN

Edited by Paul Booth & Steven Willis on behalf of The Study Group for Roman Pottery, Western Regional Group October 1997; selectively revised 2002

6. MAJOR RESEARCH ISSUES: URBAN ASSEMBLAGES

6.1 Urban Assemblages and Reliable Sampling

Many assemblages from the major urban centres of the region have serious problems arising from redeposition processes meaning that a large proportion of pottery from a given phase will be residual. This inevitably complicates study and potentially obscures the identification of patterning within pottery groups.

Contrastingly many Roman small towns within the region have not been subject to medieval and post-medieval civic construction (potentially involving very large scale earth-moving) and hence may have comparatively well-stratified sequences of finds. Such sites may offer better potential for the demonstration of reliable chronological trends in pottery supply (and other aspects) than groups from the centres of the large towns, where modern building works lead to the concentration of excavations.

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