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Whilst detecting on a new permission, which has a known Medieval farmstead/settlement, I have noticed a lot of potsherds. Theye are virtually all coarse red with a grey core with shell and stoney inclusions, except the small piece on the right of the picture which is much thinner and red outer, grey inner. I'm used to finding Roman greyware and Samian and late medieval glazed etc; can anyone give me an idea of the age of this stuff?

Many thanks and apologies for lack of scale, but each piece is approx 2cm x 1cm. Also they are a darker red, just don't have the tools available to get a decent image.

Thanks all.
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They look interesting ::g

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Hi Ross

This looks like a type of shelly-tempered ware. Shell inclusions can be found in pottery dating right back from the Bronze Age through the later Medieval. The bright red outer colour is of course a result of the firing process and at a fairly high temperature, which leads me towards a Roman or Medieval date? Two of the sherds have clear profiles. Are you able to put a pic up showing a side profile. Rgds, Steven

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Hi Ross

This looks like a type of shelly-tempered ware. Shell inclusions can be found in pottery dating right back from the Bronze Age through the later Medieval. The bright red outer colour is of course a result of the firing process and at a fairly high temperature, which leads me towards a Roman or Medieval date? Two of the sherds have clear profiles. Are you able to put a pic up showing a side profile. Rgds, Steven
Many thanks Steven. I'll post the profile pics tomorrow. Both are rims I think, one rounded the other more of a square, angled profile. Found in Dorset by the way. Medieval settlement one side of a river, roman villa on the other side.
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I have quite a lot of the shelly tempered ware from a site that is producing 3rd/4th Century Roman artefacts but nothing (except one tiny piece of samian) earlier nor later yet. My shelly ware sherds are from storage type pots.
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Here are profile images of the two rimsherds, also a couple of drawings as it is quite difficult to photograph the profiles.
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amphora wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:51 pm
First image. To me it look like bronze age pottery, or iron age at most.
The thinning of the pottery looks to rough for roman.

Need to ask. How hard is the pottery? Can you scrape some of with your nails very easy?
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No too hard to scrape with a finger nail. I agree it is not exactly elegant and in the hand there are some irregular drag marks in the outer surface, I would say from a finger or somesuch. There are burial mounds at the top of the ridge above the field, maybe 300m away.
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I have several pieces similar and they were described (by PAS) as locally made and dated 13th/14th cent.

Locally made ! My opinion is the locals were using the same clay, from the same source for generations. The only thing that changed was design and methods of firing.

Anyway, it’s old :D

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Pottery is generally locally made with the exception of the fancy, high value stuff.

The pottery with high levels of inclusions certainly look early and from my area (near Oxford) I would consider them Roman. Same with the bottom centre piece that looks like Samian from that picture. The pottery top right (white clay with a black slip) could be roman too.

The handle top left and the decorated pieces bottom right look medieval. However in my area they could be 14th to 17th century - I can (after getting expert help) now recognise the difference of my local pottery in the hand. But every area is different and so what I know about a very small pottery area may not apply to your region.

Bring them to the FLO. The one we had in Oxfordshire was brilliant :D
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