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Petrographic Analysis. In: Biddulph, E., A Late Iron Age and early Roman pottery assemblage from Leybourne Grange, West Malling, Kent

Quinn, PS; (2018) Petrographic Analysis. In: Biddulph, E., A Late Iron Age and early Roman pottery assemblage from Leybourne Grange, West Malling, Kent. Journal of Roman Pottery Studies (In press).

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Abstract

Some 3500 sherds of pottery were recovered from excavations by Oxford Archaeology at Leybourne Grange, near West Malling in Kent. The assemblage spanned the Late Iron Age to early Roman period and was indicative of a basic-level rural settlement, although small amounts of imported amphorae, Gallo-Belgic wares and samian wares also recorded suggest that the settlement was situated within wider trading networks. A notable aspect of the assemblage was the presence of pottery tempered with rock fragments identifi ed by petrographic analysis as sandstone. The pottery, hitherto not recognised in the region, is likely to have been locally made, the sandstone having derived from the Hythe Formation, which forms part of the geology of the site. Despite the availability of the stone, sandstone-tempered pottery appears to have been a short-lived phenomenon, perhaps relating to a period of experimentation during a time of fl ux in ceramic traditions. This paper describes and discusses the sandstone-tempered pottery in its ceramic and regional context, and examines themes of pottery supply, deposition and settlement status.

Type: Article
Title: Petrographic Analysis. In: Biddulph, E., A Late Iron Age and early Roman pottery assemblage from Leybourne Grange, West Malling, Kent
Publisher version: http://romanpotterystudy.org/jrps/
Language: English
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URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10048423
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