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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

 

Wroxeter White-slipped ware (WRX WS)

Three samples

General appearance

This variant is orange-brown (2.5YR 6/8) with a duller surface and a cream or cream-buff (10YR 8/3, 7.5YR 8/2, 2.5Y 8/2) slip. One sample has a pale grey (6/0) core. The fabric is hard with an irregular fracture and a rough feel.

Hand specimen

Although sometimes slightly silty, the matrix of this fabric is otherwise identical to those already described. Inclusions are well sorted, normally measuring c 0.3–0.5mm. Common rounded and subrounded quartz dominate, falling into a range between 0.2–0.7mm; other inclusions are sparse or absent in some samples and comprise black iron-rich grains and dark-coloured rock fragments. Trituration grits are well sorted (mostly 2.0–3.0mm), consisting of abundant quartz (1.0–3.0mm), many of which are polycrystalline, and sparse red-brown rocks.

Thin section

This sample is similar to that described for WRX RS mortaria, also containing single grains of feldspar, and a large fragment of limestone. Weathered igneous rock fragments and argillaceous pellets are rare, and some inclusions seen in the matrix and measuring up to 1.0mm may be stray trituration grits.

Plate 151: Fresh sherd break of WRX WS (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 151: Fresh sherd break of WRX WS (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 151.1: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on WRX WS (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 151.1: Photomicrograph of trituration grits on WRX WS (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)