Roman Pottery from the Colonia: Skeldergate and Bishophill

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list of authors
J. R. Perrin
Is Part Of
The Archaeology of York [Series]
The Pottery [Volume]
volume
16
issue
02
Publisher
Council for British Archaeology for York Archaeological Trust
Date Copyrighted
1981
Date Available
Digitally available on 29 September 2023
Abstract
The Roman pottery considered in this report is from excavations at Skeldergate and Bishophill in the Roman Civil Town. An account of the Roman levels is published in AY 4/1, the environmental evidence in AY 14/3 and the Roman finds in AY 17/2. Reports on the later levels appear in AY 8, AY 9/l and AY 1311 and post-Roman pottery in AY 16.

Some 13,000 Roman sherds were recovered from the site. Important dated groups include a large deposit from the make-up levels of an artificial terrace constructed at Bishop hill in the later 2nd century. The author stresses the need to examine all the pottery of the period from excavations in urban centres which had continuous occupation from earliest times. Therefore , although about two-thirds of the sherds from Skeldergate and Bishophill were unstratified or from post-Roman deposits, all were identified and counted, and the proportions of different types and wares are shown diagrammatically on Fig. 23.

A discussion of the more interesting wares includes unusual imported types such as Pompeian-red ware and African red slip ware, as well as the local 'Eboracum' ware, and the character of the local pottery industry in York in the 2nd century is considered. The evidence of the pottery for the chronology of the site is discussed and is also used to examine the sources and trading of pottery in Roman York as a whole. The importance of the statistical analysis of all the sherds for the interpretation of the site is emphasized.

A catalogue of the pottery with over 300 illustrated sherds (Figs. 24-42) presents the beginnings of a pottery type series for the Roman Colonia in York.

All the sherds are deposited in the Yorkshire Museum, York.
Rights Holder
York Archaeological Trust
Rights
CC BY 4.0
Format
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Is Format Of
Paper publication
Identifier
GB2837-PUB-AY-16-2
oclcnum
8164881
isbn10
0900312718
isbn13
9780900312717
Type
Text
Language
English
page start
45
page end
111
number of pages
67

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