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H 276 x W 203 mm

272 pages

106 figures, 67 tables

Published Apr 2024

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803277431

Digital: 9781803277448

DOI 10.32028/9781803277431

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Roman Britain; Glass Bottles; Glass; Glassware; Military; Olive Oil

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Square bottles came into use in the AD 60s and rapidly became the commonest glass vessel form in the empire. For the next two centuries their fragments dominate all glass assemblages. This book presents a classification scheme for the moulded base patterns which allows their chronological development to be reconstructed.





Section 1

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Data

Section 2

Chapter 3: Family 1: Square bottle bases with concentric circles

Chapter 4: Family 2: Square bottle bases framed by circular mouldings

Chapter 5: Family 3: Square bottle bases framed by square mouldings

Chapter 6: Family 4: Square bottle bases framed by angle mouldings

Chapter 7: Families 5-7: square bottle bases without frames

Chapter 8: Hexagonal bottles

Chapter 9: Rectangular and octagonal bottles

Section 3

Chapter 10: Chronological patterns

Chapter 11: Distributions: Geographical and social

Chapter 12: The uses they served

Chapter 13: Summing up

Appendix 1: Base moulds

Appendix 2: Mould parallels

Appendix 3: Bath flask capacity data

Appendix 4: Guide to the Digital files



About the Author

Hilary Cool works within commercial British archaeology providing specialist post-excavation services. For nearly thirty years she has run her own business working with many projects in the professional and academic sectors. She is also a director of Barbican Research Associates, a company specialising in bringing backlog sites to publication. She has published numerous articles and books including The Roman Cemetery at Brougham (Roman Society 2004), Eating and Drinking in Roman Britain (Cambridge University Press 2006) and The Small Finds and Vessel Glass from Insula VI.1 Pompeii (Archaeopress 2016).