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Black burnished ware pottery
Topic Started: Jan 30 2007, 11:30 AM (256 Views)
SacoHarry
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Guy de la Bedoyere of "Time Team" fame put together a great booklet a few years ago called "Pottery in Roman Britain." (ISBN 0-7478-0469-9, published by Shire Archaeology).

According to him, black-burnished arrived in the North around 120 AD, and lasted up there til around the end of the 3rd Century.

There are two distinct types, BB1 and BB2. BB1 was handmade in the southwest (around Dorset). It came up north as soon as they started building the Wall. BB2 was wheel-thrown, and was made near London. It didn't make it up north until late in the 2nd Century.

The book's a bit fuzzy on whether BB1 or BB2 had dominance along the Wall. It was probably the Roman version of the VHS-Betamax wars!

At any rate, they both start disappearing from the Wall forts by the end of the 3rd C.

- Harry
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I'm trying to picture the scene when a local West Country tinker & his family suddenly get the military contract for supplying an entire frontier with tens of thousands of pieces of kitchenware. Anybody know the proper Latin for "cha-ching!"?

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