The latest volume of the Journal of Roman Pottery Studies has just been published. Containing papers that cover a diverse range of topics, the volume represents a cross-section of current research on Roman pottery in the UK and on the Continent.
Among the papers presented in the volume are investigations of the pottery industries of Verulamium and north Kent, a look at pottery production in Belgium and Germany, studies of unusual kiln vessels from Essex and Tripolitanian amphorae in France, a discussion on the mechanism of samian supply, and reviews of samian ware in northern and western Britain, North-West England.
Volume 16 of JRPS is available to buy from Oxbow Books, currently at the special price of £28. Click on the link to find out more.
A good time was had by all at the annual SGRP conference, this year held in Norwich on the 12th-14th June. Delegates at the city’s Castle Museum and then the University of East Anglia heard a range of fascinating papers over the three days. Topics covered the Roman pottery of Eastern Britain, news from major pottery projects, the ceramics of London and the Channel Islands, and aspects of manufacture. We were especially pleased to welcome members from the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group to the conference for a joint session on recording standards, guidelines, and pottery resources.A highlight of the conference was a tour of Roman Norfolk, beginning with a visit to the Roman town at Caistor St Edmund. Professor Will Bowden, who has been undertaking fieldwork at the site, led the group round the walls and spoke about the origins and development of the town. The visit ended at the village church, where members were offered tea and biscuits, which were very welcome on a soggy day.
Then it was off to Burgh Castle Saxon Shore Fort near Great Yarmouth. Dr Steven Willis gave an entertaining tour of the walls of the fort, which remain very impressive.Apart from the papers and the tour, delegates also enjoyed a wine reception and buffet at the Castle Museum, and a conference dinner at the Queens Head, Burgh. Huge thanks are owed to Alice Lyons and her team for organising the conference, and ensuring that everything ran smoothly the entire weekend.
The new-look Study Group for Roman Pottery website has been launched! We hope you enjoy visiting the site, and will return often to read the latest news about the Group and the world of Roman pottery (watch out for reports on the Group’s annual conference in Norwich on 12th-14th June).
Or you can download the Group’s many resources, among them Illustrating Samian Ware – guidelines on the illustration of decorated samian ware. And, of course, we invite anyone with an interest in Roman pottery to become members of the Study Group. Click here for more details.