A large and complete early Roman bowl from the Milton Keynes area in England of a type referred to as Verulamium region greyware. Wheel thrown with incised decoration to the body consisting of corded bands and cross-hatchings.
Flagons, bowls and jars were produced at Brockley Hill (Middx/GB) and the St Albans (Verulamium, Herts/GB) region and distributed in south-east England during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. Complete Romano-British vessels of this size are very scarce items indeed.
Condition: Complete. No damage save for a small rim chip which could easily be restored.
Dimensions: 20cm wide x 14cm high.
Provenance: Ex. private collection, Plymouth, UK. This vessel was part of a large collection of Romano-British and Iron Age pottery auctioned in 2019. 'MK' and old museum collection number on underside.
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Grey wares were predominant from the late 1st to 4th centuries AD and make up 80% of all Roman pottery found in Britain. Coarse wares, for cooking or food preparation or storage, are the most common wares on most sites. They were fired to a high temperature and used to boil water, as plates, lids, cups, cauldrons and frying pans.
In most cases these vessels came from local sources, but some coarse wares (such as the Black Burnished wares) were transported over long distances. It is not always easy to distinguish grey wares from Black-Burnished wares, which were produced from numerous local sources. Regional styles can be discerned, but considerable “cross-fertilisation” of ideas occurred. Fabrics are sandy or fine, occasionally with reduced slip.
Flagons, bowls and jars in a pale granular wares produced at Brockley Hill (Middx/GB) and the St Albans (Verulamium, Herts/GB) region and distributed in south-east England during the the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.
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