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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

 

Wilderspool Red-slipped ware (WIL RS)

Single sample

General appearance

This fabric includes beakers, jars, bowls and dishes decorated with a red-brown slip, as well as mortaria in what is known as a ‘Raetian’ tradition (Hartley 1997). It is sometimes redder (10R 7/8) than other Wilderspool fabric variants, and may have a pale grey (6/0) core. The slip is red-brown (10R 5/8) or purple-brown (10R 5/6) and on the mortaria covers the bead, top of the flange and any internal concavity. Jars and bowls are usually decorated on the exterior with diagonal stripes, though some types of bowls have a complete coating of slip. Beakers normally have an external slip which ends in a straight line just inside the rim (Hartley, 1981, 472), while roughcasting on the beakers covers the exterior from shoulder to base and consists of clay particles, between 2.0–4.0mm.

Hand specimen

Our sample corresponds to that described for the industry in general. Trituration grits are as for the White-slipped ware and here are common and well sorted, comprising red-grey, fine-grained rock fragments (2.0–4.0mm) and quartz (1.5–3.0mm). Although not included here, some examples of red-slipped mortaria are fine and virtually inclusionless (Hartley, pers comm).

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

Plate 95: Trituration grits on WIL RS (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 95: Trituration grits on WIL RS (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 95.1: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on WIL RS (PPL) (width of field 3.5 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 95.1: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on WIL RS (PPL) (width of field 3.5 mm)