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223 France, N E & Gobel, B M, The Romano-British Temple at
published by the West Essex Arch. Group, 1985,
103-122 (pottery section).
exc/rel/c 80-late 4th/usf
Contains separate specialist reports:
Rodwell, W, 'The samian pottery', & Wilkinson, P M & Clark,
F R, 'The coarse pottery'.
Useful as a group of pottery from a site with religions activity
over a long period of time; a representative range of coarse ware
vessels are illustrated; 20% of coarse wares are from
Hertfordshire sites. However, some of the form parallels quoted
are inappropriate or incorrect (examples: no. 19 - Cam 27 would
be more appropriate since Cam 12 is a terra nigra form; no. 114
- should read Cam 5OlB, not 501G; no. 150 - is P24, Young,
fig. 27, not P4-7, Young fig. 26). There is also some confusion
between early and late Roman shell tempered wares on p. 121:
nos 196-199 should be early and nos. 200ff late. Dating given
for illustrated forms is external.
Location: Harlow Museum

224 Going, C I (with a note on graffiti by M W C Hassall), 'Pottery', in Drury, P. 'The Temple of Claudius at Colchester
Reconsidered', Britannia Vol 15, 1984, (7-49), 46-49.
oth/rel/c 7O-1l5/130;late Roman to post 360i370/usf
Firstly, the report briefly re-examines a small group of pottery
from Dunnett's 1964 and 1969 excavations and offers dating for
this on the evidence of three forms (illustrated). Secondly, the
pottery from the late Roman and post-Roman levels is considered; a percentage table of fabric groups from the late Roman
assemblage forms the basis of a number of important observations on different wares; a concise, valuable contribution to the
study of late Roman fabrics and forms in Essex and beyond (see
Oxford colour-coated wares); also includes a significant note to
the effect that Hull's original dating of the 'Mithraeum' assemblage still stands, contra Harden & Green 1978, though
discussion of this is reserved for Going, C 1, 1987 (entry 364),
Location: Coichester & Essex Museum
(For Going, C J, The Mansio and other sites in the south-eastern
sector of Caesaromagus: the Roman pottery~
see entry no. 364).

Hodder, I, 'Wendens Ambo: The excavations of an Iron Age and Romano- British settlement', Archaeology of the M11, Vol 2,
Passmore Edwards Museum, London~ 1982, 29-40 (pottery section).
esh/tng/vrm/esm (none definitely Colchester)/oxr
The pottery section includes reports on samian, mortaria and
colour- coated wares based on identifications by B R Hartley,
K F Hartley and M G Fulford respectively (although none of
these wares are illustrated). The mortaria and fine ware sections in particular contain useful discussions on marketing patterns resulting from the varying incidence of fabric groups on site.
    However, it is the coarse pottery which provides the basis for the site phasing and this section consists mainly of a catalogue of descriptions of the illustrated sherds. Rims and bases from selected deposits from the four phases are shown, grouped together in assemblages, though these are of limited value since there are few distinctive forms (and some of the drawings are
poorly reproduced).
See also Chapter 7, 'Within-site patterning: Roman', by P Halstead &: I Hodder, 59-60, which examines the distribution of functional classes of pottery around the site in Phase R4. It finds differences between the coarse pottery variables and their distribution within different features. This information is used to isolate areas of various activities on the site and to clarify the function of some features.
The importance of the report lies in its analytical methods of approach to pottery studies. These methods are viable in their own right but it is an unfortunate reflection of the nature of the material (not of the authors) that the results can only be tentative since the analyses are dependant, for the most part, on small samples and low quality material
Location: not given

Niblett, R, Sheepen: an early Roman industrial site at
CBA Res. Rep. 57, 1985.
exc,slr/ind/c AD 5-65/usf,seq
For pottery details, see entry nos. 227-32
The report covers the 1970 excavation results from a site where the main period of occupation lasted for a period of less than twenty years. A substantial pottery section (63 pages) consists of a number of separate reports (see entry nos. 227-232). A considerable part of the pottery evidence appears in microfiche which includes additional contributions by each of the specialists as well as a note on imported Central Gaulish jars by P A Tyers (Ml, D9-10) and part of the samian Section by B M Dickinson. There are also detailed descriptions listing the pottery from individual deposits to be found in the Features catalogue (28-43). Although few stratified levels with sealed groups survived (owing to the site being on an eroded hillside) and most of the material was recovered from pits a useful sequence has been established based upon the pottery and other artefactual evidence. There is a revision of the starting date of occupation on the site from c AD 10 (Hawkes & Hull, Camulodunum, 1947) to c AD 5. One of the most significant results is independent confirmation, more or less, of Hull's original dating of the pottery from Camulodunurn (ibid). The report contains over 700 good quality illustrations, including some complete forms.
There is also a small amount of later pottery present which is considered to be stray material from activities connected with 2nd century kiln operations elsewhere on the hillside and from a small cemetery of 3rd-4th century date.
Location: Colchester & Essex Museum

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