Dating archaeological materials Chat adultdos
Occasionally whole vessels are found, particularly where they have been used as grave goods or cremation 'urns'.
These are important in providing us with a type series of vessel forms, although broken vessels can be just as useful for this. The clay from which it is made often contains pieces of burnt flint or other stone and the pottery appears very coarse.
Inclusions in the pottery, to prevent shrinkage in the kiln, vary between geological regions.
Differences in style and fabric helps pottery specialists to identify vessels which are not of local manufacture.
Most Roman pottery, however, consisted of coarse sandy greywares which were used for cooking, storage and other daily functions.