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The stamped wheel-turned pottery of fourth century Britain and its relationship to the stamped hand-made pottery of the post- Roman period in Britain

Briscoe, DC; (2015) The stamped wheel-turned pottery of fourth century Britain and its relationship to the stamped hand-made pottery of the post- Roman period in Britain. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

The thesis seeks to discern possible reasons for the reappearance of stamped wheel-turned pottery in fourth-century Roman Britain; to establish whether the stamp motifs demonstrate regional or local variations; to attempt to identify sources of inspiration for the motifs; and lastly to test whether it is possible to demonstrate the ongoing usage of motifs from the fourth century to the fifth and sixth. It has grown out of work for the Archive of Anglo-Saxon Pottery Stamps (or AASPS, a project to record every stamp impression on early Anglo-Saxon ceramics). I became interested in ‘Romano-Saxon’ pottery when making casts for AASPS. It soon became apparent that Romano-Saxon pottery was only a small section of the fourth-century stamping tradition and this PhD gave me the opportunity to study it in depth. The first chapter describes past research in this area and the third considers what is known of the history of Britain in the fourth century, while Chapter 2 explains the methods used in the analyses. Chapter 4 presents earlier episodes of stamped pottery to demonstrate that they did not inspire the fourth century’s potters. Chapter 5 considers the production centres from which this pottery came and endeavours to identify when they ceased production. Chapter 6 introduces the Corpus of Stamped Pottery, presented in Volume 2. Chapter 7 analyses the distribution of wares while Chapter 8 analyses the distribution of specific motifs in the two periods. Chapter 9 considers pottery production in the post-Roman period and compares and contrasts motif usage. Chapter 10 presents some case-studies of motifs in the hope of clarifying whether their use may have some symbolic meaning. The conclusions are that there are major regional differences in usage in both periods, but that at some specific sites the ongoing employment of motif/s can be reasonably demonstrated.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The stamped wheel-turned pottery of fourth century Britain and its relationship to the stamped hand-made pottery of the post- Roman period in Britain
Language: English
Keywords: pottery, Britain, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, stamp, Oxford, New Forest, Hadham, Nene Valley, Crambeck, Swanpool, Pevensey, Parisian Ware, Romano-Saxon
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472881
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