Roman Pottery from the Fortress
by Jason Monaghan
The pottery from this site reveals the changing patterns of ceramic use within the legionary fortress of Eboracum. Excavations at 9 Blake Street resulted in the recovery of the longest sequence of Roman pottery seen in York to date. Of particular interest was material deposited during the early military occupation of York, which included a large group of unused South Gaulish samian and quantities of early Flavian fine wares, plus an unusual assemblage of lamps.
The site spans the whole period of production of Eboracum ware and so provided the opportunity to investigate the origins and development of the ware. Deposits ran from cAD71 through to the end of the 4th century, thus offering evidence of how this area of the fortress was utilised throughout the Roman period.
This report begins with a summary of the site archaeology by RA. Hall, then proceeds to explain the rationale behind the pottery processing. The ceramic history of the site is discussed on a period-by-period basis with the assistance of quantified assemblages and illustrations of key pottery forms. The evidence the site yields about the various coarsewares and specialist wares is then discussed, followed by the catalogue.
Info: 160pp, 54 illustrations
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