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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

 

South Carlton White ware (SOC WH)

Two samples

General appearance

A cream (10YR 8/2) clay, occasionally with a very pale pink (2.5YR 7/3) core. Surfaces are covered with a thin, patchy cream (10YR 7/6) to dull orange (7.5YR 7/4) self slip. The fabric is hard with a an irregular fracture and smooth feel.

Hand specimen

The matrix is similar to that described above for the colour-coated ware, while the sorting and composition is variable. One sample contains essentially no inclusions apart from red and red-brown iron-rich grains (<0.5mm); a second is coarser with common quartz and iron-rich grains, and some fine gold mica. Sparse grey rock fragments (?stray trituration grits), measuring 1.0–2.0mm, and feldspar are occasionally present. Trituration grits fall between 2.0–4.0mm and comprise common ill-sorted quartz, and sparse grey and red-brown rocks, black argillaceous grains and flint.

Thin section

Two samples were examined, one of which is virtually identical to that described for colour-coated wares. The second is coarser, containing a somewhat expanded suite of inclusions in greater quantity: quartz (including polycrystalline), flint, quartzite, siltstone and limestone (almost entirely post-depositional) are all present and measure <2.0mm. Trituration grits are primarily quartz, siltstone and sandstone (both ferruginous and siliceous), with less polycrystalline quartz, quartzite and flint, normally measuring c 1.0–3.0mm. Rare large opaques also occur in the same size range as the trituration grits.

Plate 133a: Fresh sherd break of SOC WH (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 133a: Fresh sherd break of SOC WH (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 133b: Trituration grits on SOC WH (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 133b: Trituration grits on SOC WH (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 133.1: Photomicrograph of SOC WH (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 133.1: Photomicrograph of SOC WH (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)

Plate 133.2: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on SOC WH (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 133.2: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on SOC WH (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)