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The National Roman Fabric Reference Collection: a Handbook

Hand specimen picture panel
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References

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

 

Mancetter-Hartshill White-slipped ware (MAH WS)

Single sample

This fabric is very much less common than the White ware, but is included here in order to illustrate the variety found within the industry. It was probably not made after the mid-2nd century.

General appearance

Our sample is red-brown (10R 6/8), with cream (2.5Y 8/2) slipped surfaces and a thick grey (7.5YR 5/1) core. It is hard with a hackly fracture and rough feel.

Hand specimen

This sherd is distinguished by a slightly silty and calcareous matrix, with generally well-sorted inclusions (0.3–0.5mm). Quartz is common and may occur between 0.1–0.7mm, while dark coloured iron-rich grains, in our average size range, are sparse. Trituration grits are as in the White ware before c AD 140 (cf Plate 157d), although after thin sectioning the ones on our sample are no longer extant and were not photographed.

Thin section

An isotropic, probably calcareous, clay with sparse silt-grade quartz inclusions occurs. Subrounded to subangular quartz (frequently polycrystalline) measuring <0.5mm is common, with less flint present in the same size range. Less frequent are opaques and siltstone (occasionally felspathic), the latter measuring up to c 1.5mm. Trituration grits consist of angular grains of perthitic alkali feldspar, up to c 3.0mm. Rare mica may occur in part of the section, but is not considered diagnostic.

Plate 158: Fresh sherd break of MAH WS (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 158: Fresh sherd break of MAH WS (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 158.1: Photomicrograph of MAH WS (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 158.1: Photomicrograph of MAH WS (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)

Plate 158.2: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on MAH WS (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 158.2: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on MAH WS (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)