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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 Red-slipped ware (OXF RS)

Eight samples

General appearance

Sherds normally have a pink (10R 5/8), orange (2.5YR 6/8–5/8) or brown (5YR 5/6) break, with grey (5/0, 5Y 7/2), pink (10R 5/6) or red (10R 4/6) core, sometimes with margins in the same colours as those already described. The slip is consistently red to red-brown (10R 5/8–4/8, 10R 4/6, 2.5YR 5/6) or occasionally brown (5YR 3/2–3/3), sometimes with white (10YR 8/1) painted decoration. Generally the fabric is hard with smooth surfaces, unless heavily abraded. A range of flagons, beakers, bowls and mortaria with stamped, rouletted and painted decoration are illustrated by Young (1977, 123–84).

This fabric can be difficult to distinguish from Hadham Oxidised ware, particularly when abraded. Where the surface is maintained it is easier to distinguish between fine ware products, for in contrast to Oxford, Hadham are heavily burnished. Furthermore, white painted decoration appears to be restricted to the Oxford industry.

Hand specimen

When abraded the fabric is soft and obviously micaceous; however, there are also hard examples with well preserved surface slip where the mica is not obvious.

Donors

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

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

Plate 147: Fresh sherd break of OXF RS (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 147: Fresh sherd break of OXF RS (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 147.1: Photomicrograph of OXF RS (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 147.1: Photomicrograph of OXF RS (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)

Plate 147.2: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on OXF RS (PPL) (width of field 3.5 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 147.2: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on OXF RS (PPL) (width of field 3.5 mm)