Study Group for Roman Pottery Amsterdam Conference 2011

– Amsterdam Fri 24th to Sun 26th June 2011

Organised by
the VU University Amsterdam
& the University of Amsterdam

The theme and programme

As the SGRP-conference 2011
will take place in Amsterdam we will follow a programme around a theme
broad enough to interest all delegates, whether they are working in
the UK, the German Rhineland, the Low Countries or in
France. This theme will be: ‘pottery production transported by the
North Sea and the river Rhine’. Lectures will mainly be focussed on
the production of pottery and the trading routes/mechanisms of these
productions. A workshop will be organised where pottery (production
material) will be displayed so delegates will have an opportunity to
handle a range of fabrics that they might encounter on their

The conference organisers and the Study Group for Roman
Pottery Committee have made considerable efforts to keep costs down by
sourcing grants and help across the board. We particularly wish to
thank the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the VU
, ACVU-HBS (Archeologisch
Centrum Vrije
Universiteit-Hendrik Brunsting Stichting), CLUE and
the University of
for their contribution.

Programme (for
summaries of

24th of June

10.30 – 12.20 Welcome and AGM for SGRP
registration (Allard Pierson Museum) with
coffee/tea and a sandwich (A
on map
10.30 – 12.20 Registration for non-members
in the Oudemanhuispoort
, room
on Map
Lectures will also take place at this location.
12.30 Start of conference
12.30 – 12.35 Welcome (Julie Van Kerckhove and Mark

Session 1: Production sites on both sides of
the Channel and the
distribution of their wares

Chair: Steven Willis
12.35 – 13.05 The city of Forum Hadriani:
supply base for the military on the Dutch coast
(Julie Van Kerckhove and Mark Driessen)
13.05 – 13.35 The North-Menapian coastal pottery tradition
in the Roman period: a military-native interaction‌
(Wim De Clercq & Sofie Vanhoutte)
13.35 – 14.05 The distribution of Northern French pottery
to Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands: a distinct
choice of forms and categories (Sonja Willems/Stéphane Dubois/Cyrille
14.05 – 14.30 The Lower Nene Valley Ware: a major local
and regional production centre (Rob Perrin)
14.30 – 15.00 tea and coffee

Session 2: Production and distribution of samian ware
Chair: Louise Rayner
15.00 – 15.30 A third century samian shop group from
Nantes (Loire-Atlantique, France)
(R. Delage, G. Monteil, N. Rouzeau & J. Pascal)
15.30 – 15.45 A late samian dish from Surrey (Joanna Bird)
15.45 – 16.15 Getting Samian Ware to Britain: routes and
transport possibilities (Allard Mees and Geoff Dannell)
16.15 – 16.45 Distribution of terra sigillata from
La Graufesenque to the Northern Provinces
(Allard Mees and Rien Polak)
16.45-18.45: time to check in at hotel before meeting at 18.45 at the
entrance of Allard Pierson Museum
to walk to venue for dinner at 19.00
19.00 dinner at Haesje Claes
on map

Saturday 25th of June
Lectures will take place in de Oudemanhuispoort 4 (B
on map
Session 3: The major wares in the Rhineland
and Eifel region

Chair: Michael Gechter
9.00 – 9.30 Cologne products (Constanze
9.30 – 10.00 The
pottery of Donnius Maximus at Bonn (Jennifer Morscheiser) (amended
10.00 – 10.30 The latest Roman pottery production at Mayen/Eifel
(Germany). Archaeological findings and
scientific analysis results (Lutz Grunwald)
10.30 – 11.00 tea and coffee

Session 4: Pottery production in the Batavian and
civitates and
pottery consumption in the Dutch river area

Chair: Marleen Martens
11.00 – 11.45 Fluctuations in Roman pottery
in Nijmegen
(Harry van Enckevort, Elly N.A. Heirbaut, Joep Hendriks)
11.45 – 12.15 Early Roman pottery production in the civitas
: towards an integrated approach
(Barbara Borgers)
12.15 – 12.45 A chronology of late-Roman ceramics imported
to the Dutch River Area.
The case of Wijk bij Duurstede-De Geer (Stijn Heeren)
12.45 – 13.45 lunch

Session 5: Pottery consumption in Britain and methodology in
pottery studies

Chair: Gwladys Monteil
13.50 – 14.20 Trends in the presence of amphorae at
sites in Roman Britain (Steven Willis)
14.20 – 14.50 Sub-Roman pottery production in
South-eastern Britain (Malcolm Lyne)
14.50 – 15.20 Methodologies shedding light on the
deposition of Roman pottery: Case Studies from
the Lincolnshire Wolds (Emma Jackson)
15.20 – 15.50 Roman pottery studies in Britain: current
practice and future strategies (Jane Evans)
15.50 – 16.35 Tea and coffee
16.35 – 17.45 workshop/studying
pottery production.
The following
delegates have agreed to bring pottery from production sites: Sofie
Vanhoutte/Wim De Clercq (North-Menapian ware), Sonja Willems/Stéphane
Dubois/Cyrille Chaidron (Northern-France), Sibylle Friedrich (Urmitz),
Lutz Grünwald (Mayen), Barbara Borgers (Tienen, Vervoz, Grobbendonk,
Kontich), Annick Lepot/Else Hartoch/Fabienne Vilvorder (Tongeren),
Harry van Enckevort/Joep Hendriks/Elly Heirbaut/Ryan Niemeyer
The following delegates have agreed to bring pottery from consumption
sites: Julie Van Kerckhove (Forum Hadriani), Stijn Heeren (Wijk bij
Duurstede-De Geer).
17.45 – 18.45 Time to return to
hotel before meeting at
18.45 at the entrance of Allard Pierson Museum to walk
to venue for dinner at 19.00
19.00 gin tasting and dinner at De Admiraal (E on map)

Sunday 26th of June
08.15 All gather at entrance Allard Pierson Museum and receive a packed
lunch (museum closed on Sunday)
08.30 Departure for Woerden 08.30
09.00 Arrival Woerden: introduction by archaeologist Tom
Hazenberg. Tom will explain about the excavation
of Roman castellum at
Woerden and a Roman river freighter found during the research in
Woerden. Woerden is situated on the river Oude Rijn, near the
confluence with the former Linschoten stream. Near this confluence was
a natural levee a castellum was
built. The first phase was built in the AD 40s, it was rebuilt around
AD 70. During construction work on a new underground parking facility
the remains of numerous old Roman buildings and a Roman river cargo
ship were found.
09.45 The participants will be divided in two sub-groups.
Group A (28 pers.) will depart for the harbour. Group B (28 pers.)
leaves by bus for the Grecht.
10.00 Group A will embark for a ‘river cruise’ aboard the
copy of the Roman riverfreighter De Meern 1. Group B goes by bus to
guest farm De Boerinn for coffee and Dutch farm cake in the Grecht
area. Here they get an impression about the Dutch wetland area.

In 1997
a Roman ship was discovered at a large building project at De Meern
near the city of Utrecht. And not just a ship, but a real wreck in
mint condition. It was the 15th Roman
river ship found in The Netherlands, and the best one yet. The six
ships of Zwammerdam (three kanoos and three big freighters) all had
been dismantled by the Romans, but De Meern 1 was still intact. More
intact, even, than the ships recently found in Pisa, or the 5
transporters found in Mainz. The ship was once 24.6 metres long and
2.7 metres wide. It had a hole for a mast on the bow and a cabin for
the captain on the stern, in which cooking took place. The woodwork
was very luxurious (little doors, cupboards, adorned walls and
bedding). This is a very surprising
find, for until now it was assumed that all ships were built in
Germany, floated downriver and were scrapped there. De Meern 1 seems
to point to a more continuous use. The river Rhine was 30 metres wide
and 2 metres deep at the point where the ship sank, which would make
manoeuvring tricky. No local shipping, then‌ But during research in
the months after its salvage, the conclusion was that this was a local
ship after all, built of local trees, and probably scrapped after the
end of its natural life. The ship itself was made of large planks of
oak, which were nailed together with iron nails. The bottom was flat
for docking on the riverbank. The base of the ship was originally
constructed out of three locally grown oak trees of at least 40 metres
long, which had been cut down between AD 142 and 154. Aboard in the
small kitchen several finds – pottery and shoes and sandals –
pointed to a more continuous use between AD 180 and 200. After the
discovery of this ship in 1997 the decision was made to cover it up
again to raise funds so an excavation could be carried out properly.
By the year 2000 it turned out that the ancient riverbed still carried
water – water with too much oxygen. Due to this the ship would decay
quicker than assumed. In 2003 the ship was excavated and lifted
completely to the Dutch Institute of Marine Archaeology (NISA) in
Lelystad. Here it was soaked for years in a bath of ethyleneglycol
so it will be conserved for future
generations and is one of the most extraordinary examples of our
marine heritage.

11.00 Change of groups. Group A arrives at guest
farm De Boerinn for coffee and Dutch farm cake.
Group B embarks at the copy of De Meern 1.
11.45 Group A drives back by bus to Woerden
12.00 Both groups gather in Woerden
12.15 Embarking bus for return to Amsterdam
13.00 Arrival in Amsterdam at entrance of Allard Pierson
Museum and Conference closes


The conference organizers wish to thank the following institutions for
their help and contributions:
Universiteit van Amsterdam
University of Kent
VU University Amsterdam
Study Group for Roman Pottery
ACVU-HBS (Archeologisch Centrum Vrije Universiteit – Hendrik Brunsting

Transport (airport)

The nearest airport is Schiphol
(Amsterdam), where you can take the train to Amsterdam-Centraal (F
on Map
). Then you can walk (15 minutes) to the Ibis-hotel:
Hotel Ibis
Amsterdam City Stopera, Valkenburgerstraat 68, 1011 LZ Amsterdam or
you can take the subway (Waterlooplein, line 51, 53, 54).

The conference

The conference will take place
in the Oudemanhuispoort 4-6 (see
). The lecture hall in the
are within walking distance of the hotel.

Dinners and gin tasting
distillery De Admiraal

The first evening
(Friday, the 24th) we will dine in Haasje Claes( see
on map
). “Haesje Claes” is a restaurant situated in the
historical centre of Amsterdam, between the Spui and the Dam square,
across from the Amsterdam Historical Museum. The restaurant occupies
six epic buildings, in which the original architectural features such
as little steps, corridors and hallways all have been preserved.
Likewise, the exterior of the building is a beautiful example of
traditional Dutch architecture.

The second evening (Saturday, the 25th) we will taste
several gins in the authentic distillery De Admiraal (see
on map
). Afterwards there will be a buffet at the same


On Sunday morning we will
depart from the entrance of the Allard Pierson Museum for the
excursion, which is a boat trip along the river Rhine on a replica of
the Roman shipwreck De Meern 1 that was found in Woerden. We will also
visit the military sites of Woerden and Leidsche Rijn.

Map of Amsterdam: location of: A=Allard Pierson Museum
B=Oudemanhuispoort 4-6;
C=Hotel; D=Restaurant Haesje Claes; E=Distillery De Admiraal;
F=Central Station

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