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Published Mar 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


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Roman Britain; Late Roman; Dorset; Ceramics; Pottery; Distribution

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Late Roman Dorset Black-Burnished Ware (BB1)

A Corpus of Forms and Their Distribution in Southern Britain, on the Continent and in the Channel Islands

By Malcolm Lyne

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Much has been written about Roman Dorset Black-Burnished Ware (BB1) and its Late Iron Age Durotrigian origins since the industry was first recognised at the end of the 1960s. However, this has mostly focused on the forms produced and distributed during the 1st to 3rd centuries. This publication covers those of the late 3rd to early 5th century.



Introduction and acknowledgements ;
1. The sources of and previous research into the industry ;
2: BB1 fabrics ;
3: Natural resources and their utilisation ;
4: Firing technology ;
5: A corpus of Late Roman BB1 forms ;
6: Trading patterns in the South East of Britain and on the Continent ;
7: BB1 production and distribution mechanisms: a review of the evidence ;
8: The end of the industry ;
Appendix 1. Gazetteer of BB1 forms seen in South and South-eastern Britain ;
Appendix 2. Gazetteer of BB1 forms seen on Continental sites ;
Appendix 3. Quantified pottery assemblages from sites in South-Central and South-East Britain ;
Appendix 4. Continental site excavations yielding BB1 ;
Appendix 5. Breakdown of the BB1 elements in quantified pottery assemblages as per vessel form ;
Appendix 6. Archaeological units, museums, amateur archaeological societies and individuals ;

About the Author

Malcolm Lyne has been involved with archaeology since 1967 and with Roman pottery research since 1971. His research commenced with excavations in and survey of the Alice Holt potteries and surrounding areas in north-east Hampshire: this work resulted in two publications, as CBA Research Report 30 in 1979 and BAR British Series 574 in 2012. This research was joined by that on other Roman potteries in Britannia after 1988 and on Late Roman grog-tempered wares and BB1 in particular. The results of the research into the grog-tempered wares were published by Archaeopress in 2015.