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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

 

Oxford Parchment ware (OXF PA)

Two samples

General appearance

These wares are described by Young (1977, 80–92) who considered the fabric distinct from other Oxford white wares by being softer, finer and pinker. It may be that recent work at Nuneham Courtney Farm has complicated this picture, but it is only considered possible to separate them with confidence when they are decorated with red-brown (10R 5/6, 2.5YR 5/6) paint and belong to a diagnostic form, within a series of flagons, beakers and especially bowls (ibid). The illustrated sherd (Plate 145) contains common fine quartz.

Donors

Department of Prehistoric & Romano-British Antiquities, The British Museum; Oxford Archaeological Unit

Plate 145: Fresh sherd break of OXF PA (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 145: Fresh sherd break of OXF PA (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 145.1: Photomicrograph of OXF PA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 145.1: Photomicrograph of OXF PA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)

Plate 145.2: Photomicrograph of OXF PA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 145.2: Photomicrograph of OXF PA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)

Plate 145.3: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on OXF PA (PPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 145.3: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on OXF PA (PPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)