Aspects of Kentish Local History

Finds from the excavation of Eccles Roman Villa, Kent
First-century pottery manufacture at Eccles, Kent  by Alec Detsicas
   Roman Pottery Studies in Britain and Beyond. Papers presented to John Gillam, BAR30 Oxford, 19-36

Pictures of number 11 sherd illustrated in the article above

iii. Colour-coated Wares (Fig. 3.1)
Colour-coated cups and bowls, which form a substantial part of the wasters found, were made in the same creamy fabric, with virtually sand-free clay; most of the sherds recovered are wasters, some badly distorted or over-fired, lacking any colour-coating, others still retaining varying parts of their colouring. It would seem that red was the main colour used, though there are some wasters with dark brown-red, rarely dark green, colour-coating. The rims are generally everted, occasionally very slightly beaded; no true cornice rims have been isolated. Many rim-sherds are slightly recessed for lids, three colour-coated sherds of which have so far been identified.
   The colour-coated wares from the Eccles site consist of cups and bowls in plain, rough-cast or rusticated fabrics, though there are also a few rouletted sherds. Most of these wares had been discarded after coating and their wet condition has made it very difficult to wash the soil adhering to them without risking the loss of their colour-coating. Nos. 11-33 illustrate a representative series of the forms concerned; however, it should eventually be possible to arrive at more complete profiles than shown in Fig. 3.1.

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