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The National Roman Fabric Reference Collection: a Handbook

Hand specimen picture panel
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Appendix 1: Keywords and Definitions
Appendix 2: Physical Layout of Sherds Housed in the NRFRC


Wilderspool White-slipped ware (WIL WS)

Single sample

General appearance

Flagons, jars, bowls, dishes and mortaria were made with surfaces covered in a cream-coloured (10YR 8/3) slip.

Hand specimen

The sample belongs to the finer end of the Wilderspool spectrum with sparse inclusions. Trituration grits are common and comprise ill-sorted (1.5–4.0mm) red-brown and grey fine-grained rock fragments (average 2.0–3.0mm) and quartz (average 3.0–4.0mm). None of the grits on our sample are extant after thin sectioning and therefore were not photographed. Additional sherds may also contain quartz sandstone (K Hartley, pers comm).

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

Plate 96: Fresh sherd break of WIL WS (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 96: Fresh sherd break of WIL WS (width of field 24 mm)