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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

 

Sinzig samian (SIN SA)

Two samples

General appearance

There is considerable variation in both fabric and slip colour for this fabric. Our two samples range between red-brown (2.5YR 5/8) with redder (10R 5/8) surfaces, and orange-brown (2.5YR 6/8) with a surface of similar colour. The slip is good quality and slightly lustrous, although it can be patchy. Sherds are hard with smooth surfaces and a smooth fracture.

Hand specimen

In this fabric inclusions are well sorted, measuring <0.2mm. Red-brown, grey and black iron-rich grains, fine silver mica and quartz are all common. Superficially the fabric is similar to samian produced at Colchester, but they can be distinguished from each other chemically (Storey et al 1989).

Thin section

The sectioned sample has a slightly micaceous (mostly muscovite with rare brown mica) clay with common silt-sized quartz and occasional larger quartz, opaques and clay-rich opaques to c 0.1mm. Rare inclusions comprise siltstone and fine-grained sandstone, to 0.4mm.

Donor

Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn (Germany)

Museums

Colchester Museums; Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn (Germany); Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz (Germany)

References

Fischer, C, 1969 Die Terra Sigillata Manufaktur von Sinzig am Rhein, Rheinische Ausgrabungen 5, Düsseldorf

Storey, J M V, Symonds, R P, Hart, F A, Smith, D M, & Walsh, J N, 1989 A chemical investigation of ‘Colchester’ samian by means of inductively-coupled plasma emission spectrometry, J Roman Pottery Stud 2, 33–43

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

Plate 28: Fresh sherd break of SIN SA (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 28: Fresh sherd break of SIN SA (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 28.1: Photomicrograph of SIN SA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 28.1: Photomicrograph of SIN SA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)