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The National Roman Fabric Reference Collection: a Handbook

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


Lower Nene Valley Parchment ware (LNV PA)

Four samples

General appearance

Mortaria, bowls and face flagons were commonly produced in this fabric.As expected, parchment ware belongs to the iron-free end of the spectrum with break and surfaces varying between white, buff, cream or pale yellow (10YR 8/1–8/2, 10YR 8/4–7/4, 10YR 8/3–7/3). Occasionally oxidised cores are seen, in this case to pale orange (2.5YR 7/6), as are mottled surfaces in a variety of the oxidised shades. Painted decoration varies from orange-brown (5YR 5/6) to brown (5YR 3/1) or red-brown (2.5YR 4/3–3/3, 2.5YR 7/6–6/6), depending on how thickly it has been applied.

Plate 91.3: Photomicrograph of LNV PA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 91.3: Photomicrograph of LNV PA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)