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The National Roman Fabric Reference Collection: a Handbook

Hand specimen picture panel
Thin section picture panel


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


Rossington Bridge Fine Reduced ware (ROS FR)

Two samples

The type is frequently known as ‘Parisian’ ware.

General appearance

The fabric is usually pale grey (7/0) with a darker surface (4/0). It is hard with a smooth or concoidal fracture and a smooth feel. The outer surface is slipped and polished to a fine glossy finish. Buckland (1980, 156–7) notes the superficial similarity to so-called London ware and products of the West Stow kilns in Suffolk. Handled beakers, ‘poppy-head’ beakers, biconical vessels and handle-less flasks were produced, with the latter the most characteristic. Although, like Market Rasen, vessels are sometimes decorated with three cordons, single cordons above or below the decorated zone are more typical, as are long-filled sausage-shaped stamps. Stamps, as a general rule, are vertically arranged (Elsdon 1982, 19).

Hand specimen

Our samples are characterised by common ill-sorted rounded grey pellets (0.5–2.5mm) set in a dense well-fired clay matrix. Other inclusions are sparse rounded and subrounded quartz (0.2–0.4mm) and fine silver mica.

Thin section

In thin section this fabric has a clean clay matrix containing rare quartz inclusions <3.0mm. It is distinguished by common clay pellets measuring 0.5–1.0mm in size, sometimes nearly opaque, with smaller pellets and opaques rare. Like the Rossington Bridge BB1 fabric, rare muscovite mica can be seen in section.


This fabric was produced at Rossington Bridge, but it also occurs in small quantities in kilns at Cantley and Blaxton (Buckland 1980, 156–7), and the fabrics are indistinguishable from each other.


Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery


Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery


Buckland, P C, Magilton, J R, & Dolby, M J, 1980 The Roman pottery industry of south Yorkshire: a review, Britannia 11, 145–64

Elsdon, S M, 1982 Parisian ware: a study of the stamped wares of the Roman period in Lincolnshire, Humberside and south Yorkshire, VORDA Res Ser 4

Rigby, V, & Stead, I, 1976b Parisian ware, in Excavations at Winterton Roman villa and other Roman sites in north Lincolnshire, 1958–1967 (I Stead), 181–9

Plate 169: Fresh sherd break of ROS FR (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 169: Fresh sherd break of ROS FR (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 169.1: Photomicrograph of ROS FR (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 169.1: Photomicrograph of ROS FR (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)