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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

 

Gallia-Belgica Craquelée Bleutée (GAB CB)

Single sample

General appearance

Our sample is hard and white (8/0) with crazed, smooth surfaces, mottled from black to white or light blue-grey (8/0-6/0) and with a distinctive conchoidal fracture.

Hand specimen

The matrix is fused, dense and clean with both elongated (frequently to c 0.5mm) and rounded (<0.1mm) voids, the latter which may be from quartz. Sparse quartz and feldspar inclusions, measuring between 0.2–0.5mm but most frequently 0.3mm, and sparse black subrounded inclusions (0.4–0.5mm) are visible.

Thin section

A clean isotropic matrix containing rare silt-grade subrounded quartz and even fewer feldspar inclusions, and sparse larger grains to c 0.3mm, occasionally to 0.5mm, can be seen. Sparse opaques (<0.1mm) are also present.

Source

A production site is known at La Villeneuve au Châtelot (Aube) and also probably at Reims, rue Simon (Chossenot 1994; Tuffreau-Libre 1988).

Donor

Museum of London

Museums

Department of Greek & Roman Antiquities, The British Museum; Musée Saint-Rémi, Reims (France)

References

Chossenot, M, 1994 Contribution à l’étude de la céramique gallo-romaine du Haut Empire en Champagne et plus particulièrement de la craquelée bleutée, in La céramique du Haut Empire en Gaule Belgique et dans les région voisine: faciès régionaux et courants commerciaux. Actes de la table ronde d'Arras (13 au 14 octobre 1993) (eds M Truffeau-Libre & A Jacques), Nord-Ouest Archéologie 6, 163-79, Berck-sur-Mer

Rigby, V, 1995 Early Gaulish and Rhenish imports, in Excavations in the Marlowe Car Park and surrounding Areas. Part 2: the finds (K Blockley, M Blockley, P Blockley, S Frere & S Stow), The archaeology of Canterbury 5, 639–70

Tuffreau-Libre, M, 1988 Les faciès régionaux de la céramique gallo-romaine du nord de la France et du bassin parisien Helinium 28, 81-112

Plate 3a: Fresh sherd break of GAB CB (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 3a: Fresh sherd break of GAB CB (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 3b: Sherd surface of GAB CB (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 3b: Sherd surface of GAB CB (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 3.1: Photomicrograph of GAB CB (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 3.1: Photomicrograph of GAB CB (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)


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