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Archaeopress Archaeology


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Roman Britain; Highgate Wood; Kiln; Ceramics; Pottery; Analysis; Catalogue

Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 43

The Roman Pottery Manufacturing Site in Highgate Wood: Excavations 1966-78

By A. E. Brown, H. L. Sheldon

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Excavations at Highgate Wood, London, over a period of eight years uncovered at least ten pottery kilns, waster heaps, ditches and pits, but only a few definite structures. This volume provides a very detailed analysis of the forms and fabrics of the pottery finds.



Part I: The Excavations ;
1. Introduction ;
2. The Excavation ;

Part II: Highgate Wood, wider aspects ;
3. Evidence for other pottery making sites in or near Highgate Wood ;
4. Highgate Wood before and after the Roman potters ;

Part III: The Pottery ;
5. The pottery from Highgate Wood ;
6. Analysis of the excavated pottery ;
7. Terra Sigillata ;
8. The Mortaria ;
9. Potter’s stamp on grey ware (no. 1245) ;
10. The Hercules Medallion in sigillée claire B (no. 1056) ;
11. Report on a Spouted Strainer Bowl (no.1049) ;
12. The reconstruction of vessel no. 174 ;
13. Petrographic Analysis of Roman Pottery ;
14. Chemical Characterization of Pottery by ICPS ;
15. The Baked Clay Objects ;

Part IV: The Other Finds ;
16. The Metal Small Finds ;
17. The Stone Artifacts ;
18. The Glass ;
19. Highgate Wood and Queen’s Wood: The Flintwork ;
20. The Prehistoric Pottery ;
21. Biological Remains ;


About the Author

Tony Brown was a member of the academic staff of the University of Leicester for over thirty years, moving there in 1964 as an Assistant Staff Tutor (Organising Tutor for Leicestershire). In 1966 he became Organising Tutor for Northamptonshire and in 1968 Staff Tutor in Archaeology. From 1990 he held a joint appointment with the School of Archaeological Studies, retiring in 2001 as an Emeritus Reader. During the earlier part of this period he engaged in rescue excavations for the Department of the Environment (Roman pottery kilns at Harrold in Bedfordshire and the Roman small town of Towcester in Northamptonshire), thereafter concentrating rather more on fieldwork and documentary studies of the medieval and post-medieval landscapes of the English Midlands. He has latterly interested himself in the relationship between European and native styles of artillery fortifications in South-east Asia. He has written or collaborated in the production of some sixty papers and either singly or with others written or edited books on the topography of Leicester, medieval moated sites, garden archaeology, Roman small towns, archaeological fieldwork, and antiquarian writing in the 18th century. He edited the journal Northamptonshire Archaeology and its predecessors from 1966 to 1984.

Harvey Sheldon has been involved in London archaeology since the early 1960's. He was Field Officer for the Southwark and Lambeth Archaeological Committee from 1972 until 1975, then Head of the Department of Greater London Archaeology in the Museum of London from its establishment in 1975 until 1991. During this period he was also a part-time tutor in the Department of Extra-Mural Studies University of London, and later, in the Faculty of Continuing Education, Birkbeck, University of London. From the late 1990's until 2010 he had responsibilities for the faculties archaeological field programme and for the direction of its MA in Field Archaeology. Since 2011 he has been an Hon. Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck. He part-edited and contributed to Interpreting Roman London: Papers in Memory of Hugh Chapman, (Oxbow 1996), and London Under Ground: The Archaeology of a City (Oxbow 2000). More recent articles include: Enclosing Londinium: the Roman landward and riverside walls in Trans London Middx Archaeol Soc 61 (2010); Roman London: early myths and modern realities? in 'Hidden Histories and Records of Antiquity' LAMAS Special Paper 17(2014); 'Rescue': Historical Background and founding principles in Rescue Archaeology Foundations for the future (2015) and Tony Legge and continuing education at the University of London 1974-2000 in Economic Zooarchaeology (2017). Harvey is also directly involved in many aspects of London archaeology and he currently chairs both the Rose Theatre Trust and the Council of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society.