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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 pages 106-07
Colin Wallace
535 Adamson, H C, & Gallagher, D B, 'The Roman fort at  Bertha, the 1973 excavation', Proc Soc Antiq Scot 116, 1987, 195-204.
exc/mil/lst-2nd (fort)
Small-scale excavations on a Roman fort near Perth in advance of roadworks. 1st century date tentatively advanced for reasons including the absence of BB1 (nothing is said about an unstratified 2nd-century mortarium) but the assemblage is too small to be certain.
Location: not given

536Breeze, D I, 'The manufacture of pottery in Roman Scotland', Proc Soc Antiq Scot 116, 1987, 185-189.
Breeze builds on K F Hartley's 1976 paper (Glasgow Archaeol J 4), with several more sites and the results of thin-section analysis of pottery from the fort at Bearsden. This paper acts as an introduction to the research currently being conducted at Bradford University (by Mark Gillings) under an SERC/CASE research studentship. See also entry no 575.

537 Frere, S S & Wilkes, J I, Strageath: Excavations within the 
Roman Fort, 1973-86,
Britannia Monograph 9, 1989. For pottery details, see entry nos 538-540.
Location: Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

538 Anderson, A (with S S Frere), 'XXIV. The Other Roman Pottery', in entry no 537, 243-265. For site & location details, see entry no 537.
buf/mf/ wht/wcs/osd
The pottery is from a good sample, in terms of overall area dug, of a roman fort in Strathearn, although the annexes were not dug. The pottery is divided first by date (Flavian/Antonine), and within that by vessel type. Annoyingly the report eschews any fabric analysis a la Inchtuthil (entry no 335, Vol 2) and fails to make comparisons between periods or with other sites (but see the mortaria report, entry no 540); the size of the assemblage is not stated. A fair amount of the Flavian vessels turn out to be residual in later contexts and are therefore presented only for their typology.

539 Hartley, B R (with S S Frere), 'XIX. List of Samian Sherds'; 'XX. Samian Potters' Stamps & Decorated Ware', in entry no 537, 204- 218. For site & location details, see entry no 537.
This report draws useful contrasts/comparisons, for the Flavian period, between this site and Camelon, Inchtuthil and Ardoch. Of intrinsic interest are late Montans ware, 1st century Lezoux ware (perhaps exported later than previously thought?), and the fact that the only East Gaulish samian occurs in a demolition pit.

540 Hartley, K F (with S S Frere), 'XXL The List of Mortaria'; 
'XXII. The Illustrated Mortaria'; & 'The Mortarium Stamps', in entry no 537, 219-242. For site & location details, see entry no 537.
clm/cbm/glm/llm/mhm/ngm/nem(Carlisle region)/scm/vrm/ mro/nrm
    Mortaria at Strageath were dominated in the Flavian period by imports and Verulamium region products, in contrast with Inchtuthil (entry no 335, Vol 2), with its local production.
A good range of mortaria are illustrated.

541 Hedges, J W, Bu, Gurness and the Brochs of Orkney, Part II: Gurness, B.A.R. British Series 164, 1987, 82. 
Parts of one or two Haltern 70/Cam 185A/Peacock & Williams Class 15 amphorae (identified by David Williams) from a broth site, Orkney Mainland. This is the most northerly findspot for such a vessel It is also been discussed further by A Fitzpatrick (Scot Archaeol Rev 6, 1989,24-33).
Location: Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

542 Keppie, U F (and various contributors), 'Excavations at the Roman fort of Bar Hill, 1978-82', Glasgow Archaeol J 12, 1985, (49-81), microfiche M38-67.
Includes reports on samian by Peter Webster, mortaria by Kay Hartley (13 fabrics); amphorae by Keppie & James Mearns (all Dr 20); the kiln assemblage by Anne Anderson (see a more detailed version of the printed text, entry no 543); and the other coarse pottery by Anne Anderson. Only the kiln products are illustrated.
Location: Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow

543 Anderson, A C, 'The Kiln Assemblage', in entry no 542, 76-78. For site & location details, see entry no 542. 
Anderson discusses the pottery from around a ?kiln at the fort bathhouse. Perhaps "a single failed kiln load": certainly it is of poor quality and no such products have been found at other contemporary sites. The assemblage includes dish and bowl forms after African red slip ware.

544 Thomas, G D, 'Excavations at the Roman civil settlement at Inveresk, 1976-77', Proc Soc Antiq Scot 118, 1989, (139-176), 165-167 plus microfiche. Includes reports by B M Dickinson ('Stamped and decorated samian'); G D Thomas ('Plain samian' & 'Coarse ware'); K F Hartley ('Mortaria'); C J Going ('Amphora stamp'); & R S Tomber ('Petrology of selected sherds'), with summaries in the printed text and full reports on fiche.
This is a potentially useful Antonine assemblage marred by being split-up into four separate reports and dumped into fiche. The major interest of the report is that this is the first good study of a civilian settlement in Roman Scotland. See also entry no 545.
Location: not stated


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