This is a hard fabric, distinguished by its smooth black-slipped surfaces. The clay itself is somewhat more variable, being grey (4/0) to brown (10YR 5/2) or black in the break, sometimes with light grey (5/0) margins. Carinated beakers (Camulodunum 120) with thin, finely tooled walls (c 1.0mm) are characteristic.
Despite the very thin walls, this fabric is relatively coarse, dominated by abundant well-sorted quartz, mostly <0.1mm with occasional grains to 0.2mm. Other visible inclusions are sparse iron-rich fragments, mostly black, in the same size range as the quartz.
A clean clay matrix contains common well-sorted, frequently angular, quartz and sparse opaques, glauconitic pellets and feldspar, measuring c 0.1mm. Rare larger inclusions of chert and glauconitic pellets (0.5–1.0mm) can also be identified.
Finds are concentrated across northern Gaul into Amorica and up the Rhine. Vessels were undoubtedly made in various locations (V Rigby, pers comm).
Department of Prehistoric & Romano-British Antiquities, The British Museum; Museum of London
Colchester Museums; Museum of London; York Archaeological Trust
Hawkes, C F C, & Hull, M R, 1947 Camulodunum. First report on the excavations at Colchester 1930–1939, Rep Res Comm Soc Antiq London 14
Holwerda, J H, 1941 De Belgische Waar in Nijmegen, Beschrijuing van de verzameling van het Museum G M Kam te Nijmegen 2, Nijmegen
Rigby, V, 1991 Gaulish imports and related wares, in Roman finds from Exeter (N Holbrook & P T Bidwell), Exeter Archaeol Rep 4, 76–80