Two fabrics from the Mancetter-Hartshill industry are represented here: both the commonly known white ware fabric (White ware), sometimes with red painted decoration (Parchment ware), and an oxidised one, usually with white slip on the mortaria (White-slipped ware). The main production in white ware was mortaria, segmental bowls and flagons, though a very limited number of other vessel types was occasionally produced. Bowls, beakers and jars are amongst the forms produced in an oxidised fabric, but a small number of mortaria were made in it, usually with white slip.
In the period before c AD 140/50 trituration grit consisted of ill-sorted angular and subrounded fragments (0.5–5.0mm) of quartz, sandstone, red sandstone and some dark grains. The quartz may form up to 30% of the suite, though, on occasion, the trituration grit is entirely quartz. After the mid-2nd century, the trituration comprised almost exclusively fine-grained black and dark red argillaceous inclusions.
The industry is known from numerous kilns in the vicinity of Mancetter-Hartshill, where both fabric types are represented.
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This sample is burnt or discoloured with a grey core and yellowed surface. Pale red-brown (10R 5/3) paint is visible on the rim. In other respects it is similar to the White ware described below.
MAH PA is a decorated variant of the fabric described for White ware, with this particular sherd containing sparse iron-rich inclusions, discoloured to black, and measuring up to 1.0mm in size.
Because of its similarity to the White ware, no sample was thin sectioned.