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+557Monaghan, J, Upchurch and Thameside Roman Pottery: A ceramic typology for northern Kent, first to third centuries AD., B.A.R. British Series 173, Oxford, 1987.
   This is indeed the "long overdue" study of North Kent pottery production whose need was recognised by Vivien Swan in the first edition of Pottery in Roman Britain (see entry 561, below). It is a very competent and comprehensive summary of the nature of the industry and its products, providing a reasoned and well- illustrated type-series. It also contains very useful chapters on 'The geographical, social and economic background', 'Production sites', 'Production' (including a much-needed discussion of the common names "BB2", "Upchurch Ware", "Hoo Ware", "Streak Burnished Ware", "Upchurch Painted Ware", "London Ware" and "Thames Shelly Ware"), 'Distribution' and 'The History of the Industries'. It is clear that in particular many of the both fine and coarse grey wares previously thought to have been made at London or Colchester may in fact have come from North Kent: while further analyses on all of these wares are awaited, perhaps the types in question should be referred to as N. Kent/London/Essex wares - for dating purposes they might as well all be part of a single industry, like Central Gaul!

*558Pollard, R J, The Roman Pottery of Kent, Kent Archaeological  Society Monograph Series V, 1988.
syn/(all site types)/lst BC-5th AD/seq
ppr/rsx/upc/vrr/wse/(an extensive range of wares found in
Kent are discussed and described; samian and amphorae are presented in less detail than local and R-B wares, but their role in supply is discussed in depth).
   The overall objective of the study is the elucidation of the whole network of pottery production, importation and distribution within a spatially-defined area throughout the whole of the Roman period, insofar as the available data allows this. The study of continuity and change over time is integral to the work, and to this end the late Iron Age and the 5th century are also examined in the main, it is the period from the mid 1st to the early 5th centuries AD that is the focus of attention. The major portion of this study is devoted to the description of the pottery itself and of the industries that produced it within Kent and south-east London. The aim of the descriptive chapters is to present a generalised pattern of spatial variation and temporal development in pottery forms and fabrics, and in the composition of assemblages as a whole.
   The south-east of Britain, unlike the northern military zone, generally does not provide a large body of data relating to absolute chronology. However, a relative pottery chronology has been established, from which ceramic "phases" may be induced. These phases are described at assemblage level, stressing the typical components of such assemblages, when ever possible in a quantified form. Jaccard's correlation coefficient is used to assist inter-assemblage comparison. 
  The pottery industries of Kent, including the clusters of kiln-sites around the Thames and Medway estuaries (see also Monaghan's
    work, entry no 557), and around Canterbury are studied both from the chronological and organisational standpoints, the latter using Peacock's model of modes of production (see entry no 162, Vol 1). Five appendices list the sites studied; the fabrics and their occurrences; the sources of continental and british fabrics; and a selection of assemblages quantified by vessel rim equivalents (E.V.E.'s) by the author. The book is accompanied by 215 pottery illustrations (not a reference type series), and 54 maps depicting distributions of sites and fabrics.
   The book is in many ways complementary to Monaghan's thesis (entry no 557) and to Swan's seminal study of pottery kilns (entry no 164, Vol 1). It is an abridged version of the author's doctoral thesis, completed in 1982, and minimally updated for publication.
Location: various (listed in appendix)

559 Rice, P M, Pottery Analysis: A Sourcebook, University of Chicago Press, 1987.
A recent American work which contains useful summaries of ethnographic approaches and a comprehensive range of physio- chemical techniques for scientific analysis. Examples are drawn from a very wide geographical and chronological spectrum, including both material from Roman Britain and pottery 'pubic covers' from Brazil.

560 Roberts, W I IVth, Romano-Saxon Pottery, BAR British Series 106, 1982.
    This volume piles up an enormous amount of rubbish through a very broad definition of its subject, which does tend to obscure the fact that 'rsx' really comes down to some of the decorated products of Hadham and other East Anglian kilns. See N P Wickenden, Excavations at Great Dunmow: A Romano-British Small Town in the Trinovantian Civitas, 1988, 71-73, for current thoughts on dating.

+561 Swan, V G, Pottery in Roman Britain, Fourth edition, Shire Archaeology, Princes Risborough, Bucks., 1988.
alh/amp/arh(type)/aom/ats/bbl/bb2/blg/ccc/cgg/clc/chn/ cts/dal/drb/egg/eyk/glm/glz/had/hpb/kww/lgm/lsh/lyc/mca/ mek/mem/mhm/nfc/nfr/nkg/nvc/nvm/occ/orc/owc/oxm/pev/ pff/ppr/prs/ret/rgd/rhn/rsm/rst/rwc/svr/svv/swm/upc/vrm/ vrr/wxm/con/cra/ebo/gab/mrb(German)/grt/ite/mnv/nfp/ngg 
('col tronconique')/wrm/samian mould/slm/soc/som/spc/waw 
   A considerable amount of effort and thought has obviously gone into this fourth edition of what was already a 'market-leading' popular book. It now contains more drawings and has been re-written to incorporate a great deal of new information. It serves its purpose, as a basic guide aimed at the general public, admirably.

562 Webster, P V (with contributions by G B Dannell), Roman Samian Ware: Background Notes, 3rd Edition, Dept. of Extra- Mural Studies, University College, Cardiff, 1987.
Third edition of an introductory booklet. Text has been revised and expanded from earlier editions with some revision of dates. South Gaulish decorative details (alter Knorr) appear at full scale and numbered (Knorr's are 1:2 and un-numbered).

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