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cooking, writing and other skills
writing a post about my coolest find [a piece of samian ware with the owner's name scratched on the base] has made me wonder -could all the soldiers write? how common was literacy? and what do we mean by literacy? if they could write, did they all wite in Latin, or in their native languages? ....
and the pot was found near an oven - so who did the cooking in the fort? did everyone cook their own food, or was it done communally? were some people specialist cooks? ....

First of the improvements
I'm surprised no-one has picked up on this derivation before. Why wasn't it mentioned in the Timewatch programme? All that stuff about "white lawns" is clearly ridiculous. Lots of soldiers vomiting up their vindaloo sounds much more likely to me.

Thanks very much for the samian ware briefing paper, Harry. It's great.

Your coolest find
I don't find much, so am best aimed at some large and obvious target like a fort wall! Consequently I was very pleased to unearth this last year. It's always so exciting to see any find emerging from the earth for the first time in a couple of thousand years or so, but to see the writing on this one made it all seem very human and personal. It was found near an oven set into the rampart of the fort wall. I guess someone decided to scratch his/her[??] name onto this "best" pot.