Study Group for Roman Pottery

Roman Pottery Bibliography

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   "The Thesis examines settlement in the valley (the road system, and towns, ports, road stations, villas, highland settlements) from the late Republic to the early Islamic period (10th C.), concentrating in particular on the occupation of the 4th C. A.D. onwards, on the evidence for the Byzantine reconquest of the area in the 6th C., and on the possibilities of continuity into the Islamic period... There follows a typology of the local, regional and imported pottery (plain and cooking wares, handmade and wheelmade) from the 5th C.-8th C./l0th C. with a guide to selected local wares of the early Empire, and an appendix of pottery per site (all ARS; LRC; LRD: paleo-Chretienne Grise; late Roman amphorae (local; South Spanish; North African; eastern Med.); all late Roman coarse wares (local and imported, handmade and wheelmade, including North African and eastern Mediterranean imports)". (The pottery comes from past excavations as well as the authors' own fieldwork). The author will submit his Thesis Summer 1988. (See: 'African Red Slip and Roman Imports in Valencia", in BAR Int. Series No.193, 1984. PP.474-539).

582 Sitch, Brian, 'Faxfleet 'B" : A Romano-British site near Broomfleet in North Humberside', M.A. Dissertation, University of Durham, 1987.
An examination of the material evidence (essentially pottery) from the site.
Location: Hull City Museums

583 Timby, Jane, 'Gallo-Belgic fine wares; A study in characterization, distribution and development during the first centuries B.C. and A.D.', Ph.D. Thesis, University of Southampton, 1982.
Dr Timby intends to publish a revised version of her thesis. If this has not appeared by the time of Vol 4 a short summary of the abstract and subject matter may be offered here.

584 Tomber, Roberta S, 'Pottery in long-distance economic inference: an investigation of methodology with reference to Roman Carthage', Ph.D. Thesis, University of Southampton, submitted 1988.
   The study is concerned with the role of pottery in making long- distance economic inferences and examines the assumptions inherent in both the data and the methodology currently employed. Investigation is based on both original data from Carthage, and published comparative data from numerous sites in both the eastern and western Mediterranean. Questions regarding sample selection and sample size are addressed. The author concludes that if large, homogeneous deposits are selected then the sample will be representative of the pottery in circulation at a given time, even taking differing social functions of the deposit into account, and, in turn, will reflect broad economic patterns. "A hierarchical classification system based on fabric, form and ware types is recommended, followed by quantification by count and weight. Questions of inter- and intra-site deposit variability are then investigated and principle components analysis is used to isolate sample size and the ratio between types as two major contributors to deposit variability. Following on from this, discriminant analysis is successfully used to distinguish deposits of the same date from different sites throughout the Mediterranean, providing a new method for deposit comparison 
    between a large number of assemblages".
   Discriminant analysis isolated distinct groupings reflective of long distance economic patterns. A significant division in the distribution of pottery between the eastern and western Mediterranean is highlighted. Proximity to source as well as competition between production centres are found to be major determinants of pottery distribution.
  : publication: Tomber, R 5, 'Multivariate Statistics and Assemblage Comparison', in Ruggles, C L N & Rahtz, S P Q (eds), Computer and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, B.A.R. International Series 393, 1987, 29-38.

585 Willis, Steven, 'The arrival and distribution of Roman material culture in the north and east of England during the first century A.D.', Ph.D. Thesis, University of Durham, in preparation. (Pottery forms the main database of the study). exc,col,flw,csf,syn/mil,mjc,trd,ptp,opp/late L A.-Trajanic
   All types of 'first century date' within the study area are considered be they Roman or of native tradition. However, certain Roman types are examined in greater detail. The research aims to elucidate aspects of the social and economic organization of late Iron Age societies, east of the Pennines between Leicestershire/Lincolnshire and the Tyne.
  : It is intended that this be accomplished by means of the examination of their material culture particularly the composition of site pottery assemblages. Quantified data from different site types across the study area is being gathered. The occurrence of Roman types will be considered as an index of Romanization. Patterning in distributions will be investigated and employed to evaluate certain theoretical models. A subsidiary aim is to examine assemblages from 1st century military sites within this context.

586Wood, A M, 'Trading contacts between central southern Britain, the Channel Islands and the west of France, c 100 BC to AD 410', DPhil thesis, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, in preparation.
syn,col/mil,mjc,rrs,cern,trd,kln,ptp/cl00 BC-4l0 AD
Precis of Research Outline:
The core data for the thesis is derived from the study of ceramic material found on the following archaeological sites:
Guernsey: The Tranquesous; Kings Road; and La Plaiderie (the first two have produced evidence for both late LA. and Gab- Roman occupation).
Jersey: St Clement's graveyard (Gab-Roman).
Britain: Hengistbury Head; Hamworthy; and Bitterne.
France: St Malo; Avranches; and Cherbourg.
   "Changes in the quantity and types of pottery (as well as the presence or absence of particular types), from the site assemblages above, provide the means to assess the relationship between them in a number of chronological contexts. In addition, the imported ceramics from known production centres within the geographical constraint can then be compared with those imports from other more distant production centres". Pottery types recognised as being from known production centres will be considered in the light of other artefactual evidence found in association (such as coins). The approximate date ranges of types may then be established. With this information it should prove possible to elucidate patterns of trading contact through time.

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