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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

 

Colchester (Late) Colour-coated ware 2 (COL CC 2)

Six samples

General appearance

In contrast to the early fabric, both the fabric and the slip of COL CC 2 are darker. On our samples the break includes browns, ranging from a warm red (2.5YR 6/6–5/8) to paler, yellow tones (7.5YR 7/4). The fabric typically appears as a warm brown, speckled with yellow and covered with a dark brown (5YR/10YR 4/1–3/1) slip. It is a hard fabric with a smooth fracture and a smooth feel. A range of bag-shaped roughcast beakers and folded beakers are commonly found (Symonds 1991, figs 6–7).

Hand specimen

The fabric is fine (<0.1mm), and characterised by abundant well-sorted quartz and limestone with sparser red and black iron-rich grains and silver mica. A sparse scatter of larger inclusions comprising quartz (0.6mm) and red-brown iron-rich grains (0.2mm) is also visible. In contrast to COL CC 1, where present, roughcasting is in the form of applied clay pellets (R Symonds, pers comm).

Thin section

The texture and composition of this sample is essentially identical to that described for COL CC 1.

References (for both colour-coated fabrics)

Symonds, R P, 1990 The problems of roughcast beakers, and related colour-coated wares, J Roman Pottery Stud 3, 1–17

Symonds, R P, 1991 Datation et résidualité: où sont les limites de la certitude?, SFECAG. Actes du Congrès de Cognac, 137–51

Symonds, R P, 1997 Early Romano-British fine wares, Acta Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautorum 35, 225–31

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

Plate 106: Fresh sherd break of COL CC 2 (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 106: Fresh sherd break of COL CC 2 (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 106.1: Photomicrograph of COL CC 2 (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 106.1: Photomicrograph of COL CC 2 (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)