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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

 

Crambeck White ware (CRA WH)

Single sample

General appearance

The fabric is usually pale cream (5Y 8/1) with a cream (2.5Y 8/2) surface, but it can range to pale orange-buff (7.5YR 8/6) with an orange (5YR 7/8) surface. It is hard with an irregular fracture and a rough feel. Corder Type 6 mortaria are one of the most common forms within this fabric type.

Hand specimen

The composition, relative proportion and texture of the inclusions is most similar to that of the Reduced ware, with slightly coarser and common quartz (usually 0.2–0.3mm but up to 0.4mm). It is distinguished from the Parchment ware by its greater sand-sized content. The trituration grits are as described for Crambeck Parchment ware.

Thin section

This sample contains common subrounded quartz grains to c 0.35mm set in the normal Crambeck matrix.

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

Plate 165.2: Photomicrograph of CRA WH (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 165.2: Photomicrograph of CRA WH (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)

Plate 165.3: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on CRA WH (XPL) (width of field 3.5 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 165.3: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on CRA WH (XPL) (width of field 3.5 mm)