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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 1, 1986 page 93
Malcolm Lyne and (*) Pauline Marney
162 Peacock, D P S,  Pottery in the Roman World; an Enthoarchaeological Approach, Longman, 1982.
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A revolutionary - and controversial - work. A must for the bookshelf.

164 Swan, V G, Roman Pottery Kilns of Roman Britain, RCHM Supplementary Series, No. 5, HMSO, 1984.
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All R-B pottery types discussed.
A comprehensive work, with micro-fiche gazetteer (printed version available from Oxbow Books). A must for the bookshelf.

* Thompson, I, Grog Tempered 'Belgic' Pottery of South-Eastern England, B.A.R., British Series 108, Oxford, 1982, in three volumes.
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Although not strictly concerned with R-B pottery, enough 'Belgic pottery is generally found with R-B wares for this to be a potentially vital publication.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 2, 1989 page 123
R P Symonds, (*)Colin Wallace
364 Going, C J, The Mansio and other sites in the south-eastern sector of Caesaromagus: the Roman Pottery, Chelmsford Archaeological Trust Report 3.2, CBA Research Report 62, 1987.
Location: Chelmsford & Essex Museum
   The first-ever substantial publication of Roman pottery from excavations in central Essex, this is an important contribution toward archaeological work on sites of the Roman period throughout the county, and throughout southeastern England. Although this is pottery wholly divorced from the sites and contexts where it was found, and the arrangement of the type series, by vessel types (such as 'platters; dishes', 'bowls', etc.) is not especially convenient for the reader wishing to know about particular wares, this is otherwise a highly useful, well-presented volume. It reports on a surprisingly wide range of material - the fabrics list above is one of the largest so far in this Bibliography. There are significant sections on stratified groups, and on kiln material from Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, from Inworth and from Rettendon, and there is a substantial final chapter on 'Chelmsford pottery supply and use, AD 60-400', which is a useful synthesis.

*365 Hobley, B, Roman and Saxon London: a Reappraisal, Museum of London Annual Archaeology Lecture, 1986.
Contains the D.U.A. bibliography 1974-1985, giving details of published pottery reports, Level III reports, archive reports, and published research, compiled by T Dyson &: p Tyers.
    368 Peacock, D P S & Williams, D F, Amphorae and the Roman Economy, London, 1986.
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   There can be little doubt that this is the fundamental volume which has been long hoped for by all serious students of Roman pottery, who have struggled until now to understand both their intractable amphora sherds and the many disparate (mostly foreign) publications on amphorae. The book is divided into two parts: 'Roman amphora studies: a review', and 'A guide to the identification of the more common Roman amphorae'. The latter part is exceptionally clear and useful, giving each amphora-type a 'class number', but also noting all its previous designations, along with its distinctive features, origin, occurrence, principal content, date range and fabric. It is to be hoped that the Peacock & Williams 'class numbers' will become common currency among pottery researchers. The only drawbacks of the book are the small scale of the drawings (all are at 1:10), and its relatively high price.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 
Malcolm Lyne, (*) Richard Pollard, (+) R P Symonds, 
(♦)Peter Webster, & (♣) Colin Wallace
+555De la Bédoyère, G, Samian Ware, Shire Archaeology, Princes Risborough, Bucks, 1988.
This is the fourth slim volume to appear on samian ware since 1971 (the others have been Arretine and Samian Pottery, by Catherine Johns (1971, re-published 1977), An Introduction to Roman Samian Ware, by Margaret Bulmer (now Ward) (1980), and Roman Samian Ware: Background Notes, by Peter Webster with contributions by Geoff Dannell (1983; revised 3rd edition, 1987, entry no. 562below). This seems intended to replace Miss Johns' book, using a similar style of presentation supplemented by more drawings and photographs, although it is lacking a general figure showing the range of types together. There is a good set of line-drawings showing how mould-decoration was accomplished. Such an approach seems guaranteed to make the book popular and successful as an educational tool; when is there going to be a proper academic volume on this subject, in English?

556Merrifield, R, The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic, London, 1987.
A readable and carefully argued account, which seeks to advance the archaeological investigation of superstitious ritual activity. Of especial note here are the many pottery deposits in Chapter 2, 'Offerings to earth and water in pre-Roman and Roman times'.

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