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The National Roman Fabric Reference Collection: a Handbook

Hand specimen picture panel
Thin section picture panel

References

Appendix 1: Keywords and Definitions
Appendix 2: Physical Layout of Sherds Housed in the NRFRC

 

Heiligenberg samian (HGB SA)

Four samples

General appearance

This fabric is pink or pink-brown (10R 6/8), sometimes more brown (near 2.5Y 6/6). Surfaces are usually red-brown (10R 5/8), occasionally misfired to brown (5YR 4/3), with a smooth semi-lustrous slip. Sherds are hard with a smooth fracture.

Hand specimen

The inclusions are well sorted and do not exceed 0.2mm. Limestone dominates as abundant or common, with silver mica common or sparse. Occasional red iron-rich grains also occur.

Thin section

An isotropic micaceous matrix, with common muscovite and rare brown mica, is visible. Abundant rounded limestone is present, normally to c 0.1mm but with examples up to 0.2mm; in the same size range is sparse angular quartz and rare opaques. Also present are rare feldspar, siltstone and aggregate rock.

Donor

Les Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg (France)

Museums

Circonscription des Antiquités Historiques d’Alsace, Strasbourg (France); Musée Archéologique de Strasbourg (France)

References

Bémont, C, & Jacob, J-P (eds), 1986 La terre sigillée gallo-romaine. Lieux de production du Haut Empire: implantations, produits, relations, Documents d’Archéologie Française 6, Paris

Forrer, R, 1911 Die römischen Terrasigillata-Töpfereien von Heiligenberg-Dinsheim und Ittenweiler im Elsass, Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Erhaltung der geschichtlichen Denkmäler in Elsass 23, 528–768, Strasbourg

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

Plate 25: Fresh sherd break of HGB SA (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 25: Fresh sherd break of HGB SA (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 25.1: Photomicrograph of HGB SA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 25.1: Photomicrograph of HGB SA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)