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Diana Briscoe

The Stamped Wheel-turned Pottery of Fourth Century Britain and its Relationship to the Stamped Hand-made Pottery of Britain from the Post-Roman Period

The aim of my research is to:

· investigate wheel-turned pottery from various production centres, which is decorated with stamps that have been imprinted into the surface of the vessel (i.e. intaglio, not cameo as with Samian ware) and is dated to a context during the fourth century;

· produce a Corpus of stamps from this pottery, utilising the classification already evolved for Anglo-Saxon stamped pottery (see www.aasps.org.uk);

· map the distribution of motifs and stamps from specific kilns and production centres and establish whether said distributions are statistically significant;

· identify sites &/or areas in Britain where the same motif is found on both Roman wheel-turned pottery and Post-Roman hand-made pottery;

consider whether it is possible to establish why the motifs were favoured and what significance they may have held.

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 Educational background

  • BA, English Literature, University of London (External), 1971
  • BA, History & Archaeology, Birkbeck College, 2000
  • Continuity in Cambridge? Pot-stamp evidence for continuity from the fourth to fifth centuries AD (BAR British series 527, 2011)
  • The Stamped Wheel-turned Pottery of Fourth Century Britain and its Relationship to the Stamped Hand-made Pottery of Britain from the Post-Roman Period (PREMASS, 2008)
  • Examples of stamped pottery from the New Forest production centre (Fulford, 1975).
  • The A 4dvii motif, which is defined as a “positive cross with open ends in a negative circle with one positive pellet in each negative quarter plus one or more small positive intrusions into each negative quarter, giving a ‘scalloped’ effect”.

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