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754 Potter, T W & Trow, S D, Puckeridge-Braughing,
Hertfordshire: The Ermine Street Excavations 1971-72, Hertfordshire Archaeol, Vol 10, 1988, (whole volume). See entry nos. 755-760.
exc/rrs,twn/late Iron Age-4th AD
   The preface states that although the post-excavation programme started promptly, it was hampered by Dr Potter's moves to Lancaster University and then to the British Museum. There were also inadequate facilities for dealing with the large amount of material from the 1972 season. The report would have been further delayed but for an HBMC-funded post (S D Trow) in 1985-86.
   The excavators decided that the structural and stratigraphical sequence warranted only a summary. Of especial importance were the Augusto-Tiberian finds, which are considered in detail, but the combination of poor stratification and high residuality diminishes the importance of the later material, which is therefore also dealt with in summary only. The authors note: "If our aim here has been to separate some of the grain from the chaff, then at least there is a substantial archive available for those who wish to pursue some specialist enquiry". There are sections on the coins, metalwork, glass, worked bone & antler, stone, baked clay and animal bones.
   There is also a discussion of the area in the pre-Roman Iron Age and the Roman period. A full site concordance is provided.
Location: (finds & site archive) Hertford Museum

755 Hartley, B R, 'The Arretine', in entry no. 754, 94-6. For site & location details, see entry no. 754.
This report includes petrological analysis by D F Williams which shows that most of the material was made at Arrezzo, with two sherds from La Graufesenque and others of uncertain origin. 15 sherds are illustrated, as well as two stamps which appear on the same page as the samian stamps. The period "10 BC-10AD": Is the "best represented".

756 Bird, J & Dickinson, B, 'The Samian Ware', in entry no. 754, 97-109.
For site & location details, see entry no. 754. 
This is a catalogue of the stratified material. 10 sherds and 8 stamps are illustrated. The main point of interest is that "the samian, while including much pre-Flavian material, shows no continuity or overlap with the Arretine", and "...There is no evidence from the decorated and stamped plain ware that significant quantities of samian were in use before cAD 50".

757 Rigby, V, 'Gaulish Imports', in entry no. 754, 110-118.
For site & location details, see entry no. 754.
Dated c50 BC-AD 85.
btb/ccc (not all cc)/gab/ngp/tng/trb
   This includes a discussion of Gallo-Belgic, Central Gaulish and North Gaulish imports, including 44 stamps or marks. There is a high proportion of Augustan Gallo-Belgic wares.
    758 Williams, D, 'The Amphorae', in entry no. 754, 119-120.
For site & location details, see entry no. 754.
Includes Dressel 1, Dr 2-4, Dr 20, Pélichet 47, Cam 185A and 186 amphorae.

759 Witherington, I H S & Trow, S D, 'The Coarse Pottery', in entry no. 754, 121-146.
For site & location details, see entry no. 754. Dated late Iron Age to 4th. 
   The introduction details the complex history of the pottery reports. The material from the 1972 excavations was reported on by Witherington as part of an M.Litt thesis at Lancaster University (unpubl, 1980). The pottery is presented here as a series of 'key' groups. The Iron Age section includes the description of five fabrics, which are related to those at Skeleton Green (Partridge, C, 1981, JRPS 2, entry no. 260); no fabrics are described for the Romano-British material, which makes it impossible for the reader to identify the types described with any certainty. The mortaria are mixed with the rest of the pottery, although some of the stamps have been identified by K F Hartley. The amphorae here are not those reported on in the separate report by D F Williams (entry no. 763). There is no discussion of the R-B pottery; the Groups would nevertheless be useful if they could be related to known types/wares. 357 vessels are illustrated; there is full quantification for the Iron Age key groups, but not for the R-B material.

760 Hassall, MW C, 'Graffiti and Inscriptions on Pottery', in entry no. 754, 147.
For site & location details, see entry no. 754.
A report reproduced from Britannia, 17, 1986, 443.

761 Rook, T, 'The Pottery', in 'The Roman Villa site at Dicket Mead, Lockleys, Welwyn', Herefordshire Archaeol, Vol 9, 1983-86, (79- 175), 113-142.
exc/rrs/later 2nd-4th/ggp,seq
   A large report, with over 700 drawings and a catalogue arranged by groups, some of which are substantial. The pottery is from a 'villa' with substantial buildings, which is located on the opposite side of the River Mimran to the 'Lockleys Villa'. The report includes a 'Gazeteer of Local Sites', as well as other specialist reports. The baths of Building 2 are now preserved under the Al (M) road; most of the rest was destroyed. There are no proper fabric descriptions, so the reader cannot easily link the illustrated vessels to known production sites. There appears to be a lot of Verulamium wares, but also BB1, Lower Nene Valley, Oxford and Hadham wares. Some of the descriptions and terminology leave a lot to be desired, and unfortunately, the identifications are generally inadequate. The starting date of late 2nd century seems to have been based on the coins, and the 3rd century is well represented. There is no quantification except for number of vessels quoted in the 'Summary of dating evidence'
(pp l103-4). There is no discussion on the pottery.

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