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52 Rigby, V,' Gallo-Belgic wares, and Gallo-Belgic wares in Burials', in Partridge, C, Excavations at Station Road, Puckeridge, cf. Partridge, C, 1979 (b).

Saunders; C & Havercroft, A B, 'Excavations on the line of the Wheathampstead  By-pass', Hertfordshire Arch.  Vol 8, 1980-82, (11-39), 13-30 & Figs. 7-13 nos. 24-201.
exc/opp/late IA,lst
List of pottery from each feature. Synopsis and comment by Isobel Thompson on the Belgic pottery.
Williams, D, 'The Amphoras, in Partridge, C, 'Excavations at Gatesbury Track, Braughing', cf. Partridge, C, 1979 (a).

Wright, W .1, 'Excavations at Elliots Yard, Bishop Stortford, in Borrill, H, Day, I & Wright, W J, 'Archaeo1ogy and Fieldwork in East Hertfordshire 1976-8l~, Hertfordshire Arch. Vol 8, 1980-82, (78-101), 81-84 & Figs. 85-8 nos. 1-47 & Fig. 8, 19-20.
Pottery from a pit and trenches dug on a housing estate. Pottery descriptions a little odd, e g colour-coat' used for vessels with a BB-type finish. Some sherd descriptions missing (10-15, 18, & 24-26). Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 2 1989 pages 115/
R P Symonds (see Introduction)
247 Frere, S 5, Verulamium Excavations, Volume I, Report of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XXVIII, 1972.
For pottery details see entry nos. 248-250.
Location: Verulamium Museum

Hartley, B R, 'The Samian Ware', in entry no. 247, 216-262.
For site details, see entry no. 247.
One of the largest of modern samian reports (47 pages), yet, in common with most contemporary reports, it consists largely of a listing of sherds/vessels present. The research involved in this compilation, which attempts to assign an origin and a date-range to every item, as well as a potter, where possible, must have been prodigious. There seems to be a remarkably small number of sherds whose origin is in any doubt. In the discussion of the complete Déchelette form 74 (D1l2) it is unfortunate that no publication is referred to following the statement that "Recent excavations at Lezoux have shown that colour-coated forms and 'black samian' were fired together in the same kiln under reducing conditions" (p 254). There is a single half-page paragraph at the end (p 262) in which the significance of the Verulamium material is assessed in terms of the most important potters and other finds of their work in Britain: it seems a pity that more space could not have been devoted to general conclusions on such an obviously interesting body of material.

249 Hartley, K F, 'The Mortarium Stamps', in entry no. 247, 371-381. 
For site details, see entry no. 247.
vrm (plus discussion of other sources)
    The catalogue of stamps presented here and in Volume III (see entry no. 257 and also no. 258) is the most comprehensive series to date of the stamps of Verulamium region mortarium potters.
As well as being a highly useful type series, this also includes valuable research on the known origins and movements of many of the individual potters.

Wilson, M G, 'Catalogue of the Pottery', in entry no. 247, 
For site details, see entry no. 247.
The type series presented here and in the two succeeding volumes (entry nos. 252 & 259) is probably the most important report on Roman pottery to have been published in the 1970's.
Its principle strength and usefulness is its arrangement, in Volume I, of the types according to the dating of the contexts in which they were found. This is supplemented, in Volume II, by the presentation of dated groups from particular sites, and the arrangement, in Volume III, of dated vessels in groups of form types. While the specific assignation of vessels to their sources of manufacture is understandably "left to later workers" (Volume III, p. 201), the fabric descriptions are relatively cursory, how ever, and no fabric types are identified. Apart from mortaria,  which are given particular attention (see also entry nos. 249, 257 & 258), no attempt is made to distinguish the other products of the local Verulamium region kilns from vessels which may have been imported from either Colchester or London. This means that, disappointingly, this is not the comprehensive type series for Verulamium region wares which it might have been. Although there is no quantification, there is a reassessment of the dating of earlier types in Volume III, which also gives the number of examples on which the dating was based. This is a surprisingly dry report: its approach is in marked contrast to that of the Camulodunum series.
Volume I includes separate sections on 'Amphorae, 'First century Imported Fine Wares', 'Belgic Coarse Pottery in Later Layers' preceding the main series of pottery from dated contexts, and following it on 'Graffiti on Pottery', 'Crucibles', 'Lamps', 'Objects of Clay' and 'The Amphora Stamps'.
The main type series in Volume UI is divided into 11 sections:
A. Amphorae
B. Flagons
C. Narrow-necked Jars
D. Beakers in Fine Ware
E. Beakers in Coarse Ware
F. Other Jars
G. Bowls in Fine Ware
H. Bowls in Coarse Ware
L Plates and Dishes
J. Mortaria
K. Saxon, Medieval and Post-Medieval Pottery
Also in Volume III, there is an appendix, 'Revised Dates of
Pottery Published in Volume I', and there are supplementary sections on 'Graffiti on Pottery' and 'The Amphora Stamps'.`

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