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The National Roman Fabric Reference Collection: a Handbook

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References

Appendix 1: Keywords and Definitions
Appendix 2: Physical Layout of Sherds Housed in the NRFRC

 

Blickweiler samian (BLW SA)

Four samples

General appearance

This fabric is dull pink (10R 6/8) or pink-brown (10R 6/6) with red-brown (10R 5/6–5/8) surfaces which have a distinct brownish tinge. The slip is of good quality, smooth and semi-lustrous. Smoothing marks are visible in the slip under flanges and on internal surfaces. Sherds are hard with a conchoidal fracture and smooth feel.

Hand specimen

The inclusions are well sorted and dominated by a distinctive, abundant scatter of limestone (normally <0.1mm, occasionally up to 0.5mm); other inclusions comprise sparse fine silver mica and very occasional grains of quartz up to 0.4mm.

Thin section

This is a very fine, exceptionally micaceous fabric, with muscovite and brown mica present. Abundant rounded limestone and rare quartz are visible as silt-sized grains; larger inclusions comprise rare quartz and feldspar to c 0.2mm or rarely 0.4mm.

Donor

Historisches Museum der Pfalz, Speyer (Germany)

Museum

Historisches Museum der Pfalz, Speyer (Germany)

References

Knorr, R, & Sprater, F, 1927 Die Westpfälzischen Sigillata-Töpfereien von Blickweiler und Eschweiler Hof, Speyer

Roller, O, 1966 Die römischen Töpfereien von Blickweiler, Kr. St. Ingbert, und Eschweiler Hof, Gen. Kirkel-Neuhansel, Dr. Homburg, Führer zu Vor und Frühgeschichtlichen Denkmäler 6, 134–8, Mainz

See the related record on the Atlas of Roman Pottery on the Potsherd website

Plate 23: Fresh sherd break of BLW SA (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 23: Fresh sherd break of BLW SA (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 23.1: Photomicrograph of BLW SA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 23.1: Photomicrograph of BLW SA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)