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576Griffiths, Karen E., 'Market Exchange Systems within the' Roman economy of the first and second centuries A.D.', Ph.D. Thesis, University of Newcastle, 1986.
amp/sts/mvs/cts/ets/ccc/lyc/nvc/rhn/nvr/blg/bbl/bb2/gro/ ncg/
As part of a general examination of the exchange systems of the Empire this research utilizes the evidence of a specific set of ceramic data to test an heuristic hypothesis concerning the presence and importance of market exchange systems within the Roman economy. The ceramic data employed is from an area of Northamptonshire and analysis is preceeded by a resume of the archaeology and pottery of that county. The analysis concludes that market exchange systems were indeed operative during the second century in Northamptonshire. Part IIII of the thesis takes this conclusion as a starting point for reassessing archaeological models of the Romano-British economy and then extends the discussion to incorporate the Roman economy as a whole.
Quantified Stats.
Location: Northampton Central Museum

577Halkon, Peter, 'Aspects of the Romano-British landscape around Holme on Spalding Moor, East Yorkshire', M.A. Thesis, University of Durham, 1987.
exc,wbf,flw,csf/rrs,kln,ptp,fls/essentially late 2nd-late 4th 
grc/eym/hsm (grey wares)
The research examined the extent and nature of RB settlement and industry within a specific landscape context. Prior to this study there had been little fieldwork within this area. Systematic fieldwalking resulted in the identification and recording of 106 RB sites, 37 of which being kiln sites. A comprehensive fabrics/forms types series was established for this important industry. This was based upon assemblages from excavated sites (Hasholme Hall, Throlam and Bursea House).
Location: Hull City Museums

578 Heron, C, 'The analysis of organic residues from archaeological ceramics', PhD Thesis, University of Wales, Cardiff, 1989.
   This research has examined organic residues from a wide range of ceramics, including but by no means limited to vessels of the Roman period. Two chapters of the thesis of particular interest here deal with the analysis of 'visible' and 'non-visible' organic residues recovered from 'early' imported amphorae found in Britain. Since many residues, whether visible or non-visible relate to lining or sealing, much of the discussion concerns amphora packaging rather than contents. The results of the chemical analyses are related to both the archaeological and the documentary evidence.
  : precis of Chapter Two:  'The Analysis of Organic Sealants from Roman Transport Amphorae'.
   "This chapter presents the results of the analysis of a large number of preserved linings from a variety of different amphora types. Detailed compositional studies have been undertaken in order to learn their origin. The chemistry and degradation of resin, tar and pitch, as well as mastic and bitumen, is discussed. In order to present an overall survey of likely sealants fourteen previous studies are cited and discussed. Documentary and archaeological evidence for the production and exploitation of these substances is included. The correlation between the presence of a resinous 
    sealant and the likely contents of an amphora is addressed as is similar evidence for jars remaining unlined". 
  : precis of Chapter Three: 'The Analysis of 'Non-visible' Organic Residues from Transport Amphorae'.
   "Using samples taken from amphorae which exhibit no trace of adhering organic residue it has proved possible to detect remnant traces of oils and resinous compounds from some amphora sherds. The chemistry and degradation of fats and oils are discussed in this chapter and all relevant studies reviewed. Analysis indicates that comparative sampling, ie the comparison of samples taken from the amphora wall and vessel handles - not expected to have come in contact with the contents - is essential, in order to evaluate the possibility of 'contamination'. This may arise from post-depositional interference, excessive handling, long- term storage in plastic bags, etc.
   "Whilst some samples yield substantial quantities of oil or resin, the detection of other organics has met with difficulty (such as fish sauce or defrutum). It is argued that amphorae used to transport these commodities were also lined (ie sealed) with resin or pitch. The archaeological and documentary evidence for this is discussed. Furthermore there is evidence that solid organic commodities such as olives, fish, dates and figs were bottled in liquid media or preservatives within amphorae that had been internally lined with resin or pitch".
Publication: Heron, C &: pollard, A M, 'The Analysis of Natural Resinous Materials from Roman Amphorae', in Slater, E A & Tate, J O (eds), Science and Archaeology, Glasgow 1987, B.A.R. British Series 196, 429-447.

579 Paulin, Keith, 'Pottery and settlement in Romano-British Northamptonshire', Undergraduate Dissertation, University of Durham, 1986.
flw,rrs/late 1st-late 4th
This dissertation comprises an analysis of 66 RB pottery assemblages collected during a field survey programme covering the northern parishes of Northamptonshire. These assemblages were quantified and the data used to establish aspects of site settlement and chronology. The distribution of the products of the Nene Valley industries within Northamptonshire was examined and patterning isolated and discussed.
Location: Cambridge, (part of the Fenland Field Survey archive)

580 Rattray, R, 'Kilns at Weekley, Northants', Post-excavation Studies Diploma dissertation, University of Leicester, 1981. exc/kln/Phase 3 of exc, third quarter of 1st
Fourteen kilns are identified. Twelve fabrics were distinguished under three basic categories. These were fossil-shell tempered quartz tempered and grog and quartz tempered fabrics. Form types present included storage jars, channel-rimmed jars and 'native' imitations of 'Belgic' forms. The assemblage amounts to 1723 sherds.

581Reynolds, Paul, 'Late Roman pottery and settlement in the Vinalopo Valley (Alicante, Spain)', Ph.D. Thesis, University of London Institute of Archaeology, in preparation.
exc,flw,csf,chm/mjc,rrs,cem,trd,mr,vil,kln,ptp,wlt,twn,set,rdd, fls/
Date Range:
Coarse Ware - Full Typology 5th-9th C.
- "Guide to Pottery: Augustan - 2nd C."
African Red Slip Ware - complete coverage, ie. late lst-6th.

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