The fabric is grey (6/0–5/0), often brownish (eg 2.5Y 6/2) or red-brown (eg 2.5YR 6/4–5/4), sometimes with a paler core. Surfaces are burnished to a slightly lustrous, smooth, deep and even black. Vessels are primarily black-burnished ware forms. Our samples are hard and smooth with an irregular fracture.
This fabric gives the impression of being slightly finer than the other two, since the sorting of the quartz is better and normally restricted to grains measuring <0.1mm.
Like Reduced ware 1, this sample contains large opaques, some of which are quartz rich.
Essex County Council, Chelmsford