Roman finds from Infrastructure Projects: Rail, Roads & Sewers

The 2021 Autumn Roman Finds Group Conference held in association with King’s College London is entitled Roman Finds from Infrastructure Projects. The meeting will be held online using the Teams platform, supported by King’s College. The day will consist of illustrated papers presented in blended content (some pre-recorded and some live) on Monday 18th October.

To join the conference please book through the RFG website. The conference will be open access so there is no charge for joining although you must pre-book. The link to the meeting will be sent to all who have registered closer to the event.

For more information, click here.

Volunteers wanted to scan Roman pottery

The AHRC-funded Arch-I-Scan Project (School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester) is in the process of developing a state-of-the-art image-recognition and machine-learning service which can identify Roman pottery vessels and sherds. The service will ‘learn’ from photos of ceramics in collections around England, including those from MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology).

The project is inviting volunteers aged 18 and over to assist with its Roman pottery scanning programme at Museum of London Archaeology this autumn. Volunteers will be handling and photographing pottery sherds from the MOLA collection, utilising camera phones provided by Arch-I-Scan.

For more information, click here.

Or download an application form here: Arch-I-Scan volunteer application form

SGRP50 Conference videos now online

SGRP You Tube channel front page

We are pleased to announce that the videos of talks from the recent SGRP50 conference are now online via the SGRP YouTube channel.

Click here to view papers presented at the conference that celebrated 50 years of the group, showcased new research and collaborative projects, and looked to the future with talks from early career pottery researchers about their work.

Download the conference programme here.

BAR Open Access in Archaeology Award 2021

BAR is celebrating the launch of its Open Access publishing programme with a new award worth up to £10,000 in value. The award winner, chosen by an independent panel of expert judges, will receive the free Open Access publication of their monograph.

Interested in this exciting opportunity? Or know somebody who might be?

For more information and how to enter, click here.

SGRP50 – Roman pottery conference booking now open

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Study Group for Roman Pottery and
we are celebrating with a two-day conference. It will be the very first virtual SGRP
conference via Zoom hosted by Newcastle University on the 2nd-3rd July 2021.

The conference is FREE and open to both members and non-members. Your
booking will give you access to both days of the programme and the Zoom joining
details will be emailed to you the day before the event. We welcome and
encourage you to attend the whole event, but you can dip in and out of
sessions as you wish. Due to the nature of the conference, all timings are
approximate (BST – GMT+1 time) and subject to change.

Click here to view the conference programme

You can book your place at Eventbrite (see link below), where you can also make
a donation to and/or join the SGRP. The annual membership fee is only £15
(£20 for EU and International) and it gives you a free copy of the Journal of Roman Pottery Studies, and if you join us here you will also get a free copy of the
Research Strategy and Updated Agenda for the Study of Roman Pottery in
Britain! We would like to raise money to create online training and information
videos to help our members and young professionals.

CLICK TO BOOK NOW: Study Group for Roman Pottery 50th Anniversary Conference Tickets, Fri 2 Jul 2021 at 09:30 | Eventbrite
or search #SGRP50 at Eventbrite

Fiftieth anniversary pottery conference set for July 2021

This year’s annual pottery conference will be a special two-day event to celebrate 50 years of the Study Group for Roman Pottery. And for the first time, the annual conference will held online.

The conference, organised in collaboration with Newcastle University, will be held on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July. The packed programme will celebrate 50 years of the group, showcase new research and collaborative projects, and, looking to the future, will hear from early career pottery researchers about their work.

Details of how to book will be released soon, so watch this space. In the meantime, click the link to download the programme.

SGRP AGM 2020

As a consequence of the current pandemic, we have not been able to hold an AGM for this year (2020). As a substitute, the following AGM-related documents can be downloaded:

The Trustees’ Report for 2019 is also available to be downloaded:

New pottery type series website launched

Some fabric samples from the Gloucester pottery type series

A new website focused on the Gloucester City Roman and medieval type fabric series has been launched.

The fabric series, originally largely the brainchild of the late Alan Vince, was initially developed during the 1970s and used in many of the earlier published reports for Gloucester and Kingsholm.

While some of the Roman fabrics are now superseded by the National Roman Fabric Reference Collection, there are a range of local and regional wares more specific to the city and surrounding area.

There has been no further substantial work on the medieval and post-medieval wares which remain one of the best documented sequences for the area.

The website can be accessed here.

Fun and fabrics at the Roman pottery conference

In July, members of the Study Group for Roman pottery, students, researchers and others interested in Roman Britain and its ceramics came together for the study group’s annual conference, which this year was held at the Red Lion Hotel in Atherstone in Warwickshire. The location was a special one, as the neighbouring village of Mancetter was the site of a major pottery industry, whose products were distributed widely in the Roman province.

The three-day conference began with scene-setting talks about the archaeology of Mancetter and the wider region. Delegates then heard about pottery assemblages from recently excavated sites in Warwickshire and Leicestershire. These were followed by a pottery-viewing session, which gave attendees an opportunity to examine pottery from Mancetter, the Lunt cemetery and elsewhere.

Roman pottery laid out for viewing

The day ended with a wine reception. In the convivial surroundings of the Red Lion Hotel, Rob Perrin, President of the Study Group, welcomed the guest of honour to the conference, Mayor of Atherstone Carl Gurney, who in turn welcomed delegates to the town.

Mayor of Atherstone, Carl Gurney, speaking to conference attendees

On the second day, delegates learnt more about the Mancetter pottery industry. Renowned mortarium expert Kay Hartley spoke in detail about the Mancetter industry, its products and potters. This was a masterclass and everyone was busy taking notes! Attendees also heard about glass production at Mancetter, as well as a project to update the significant archive relating to past excavations in and around village and make it more accessible. The talks were followed by papers on the pottery of Roman Leicester, scientific analysis of mortaria from Castleford, and excavations at Roman Wall, the last being a useful introduction to the site ahead of the afternoon’s tour.

The conference location is in an area full of Roman archaeology, and consquently delegates had a packed afternoon seeing the sights. After a very welcome and enjoyable lunch at the Heritage Cafe in Mancetter church, we began inevitably with a visit to the site of the Mancetter kilns. Today there is nothing to see on the ground, but our guide, Mike Hodder, brought the past brilliantly to life. We then reboarded the coach and headed to Wall for a tour of the Roman town, parts of which are still standing. The small museum in the village was well worth a visit, too, and we were also treated to a cream tea in the village hall, as well as a talk on lids and ceramic plates.

A tour of Roman Wall, led by Mike Hodder

On the third and final day of the conference, delegates had an update on a project to digitise and catalogue thousands of mortarium stamps. They also heard about pottery production in the City of London and in the London Borough of Havering. There was also a paper about organic residue analysis of pottery from Lincolnshire (it turns out that so-called cheese-presses may not have been cheese-presses after all), and the conference closed with a personal view about current and future samian studies, which gave everyone pause for thought.

This was a fantastic, well-organised conference, with hugely interesting papers, a really enjoyable tour and a wonderful location and venue. Next year – Leicester. See you there!