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The National Roman Fabric Reference Collection: a Handbook

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References

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

 

New Forest (Fine) White ware 2 (NFO WH 2)

Two samples

General appearance

This group includes two mortarium samples. The clay is similar in texture to that described for Fulford’s (1975a, 26) Fabric 2b but our examples lack the red-painted decoration.

Thin section

The fine groundmass of this clay, which is isotropic, enables the trituration grits to be easily identified, and this is therefore considered the best description of them in thin section. They range in size from c 0.3–0.2mm, although normally 1.0mm>, and are composed primarily of flint (some very brown due to iron staining), with fewer monocrystalline and polycrystalline quartz, quartzite and opaques.

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

Plate 118: Trituration grits on NFO WH 2 (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 118: Trituration grits on NFO WH 2 (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 118.1: Photomicrograph of NFO WH 2 (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 118.1: Photomicrograph of NFO WH 2 (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)

Plate 118.2: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on NFO WH 2 (XPL) (width of field 3.5 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 118.2: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on NFO WH 2 (XPL) (width of field 3.5 mm)