As part of the Study Group for Roman Pottery’s recent online conference, Roman food historian, chef and experimental archaeologist Sally Grainger gave a fabulous talk on fish sauces at the Roman table. The lecture has been uploaded to the SGRP’s YouTube channel and can be viewed here or below.
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.
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:
- AGM 2020 – Committee reports
- AGM 2020 – Accounts 2019
- AGM 2020 – Treasurer and Membership Secretary’s report
- Minutes of 2019 AGM, Atherstone
The Trustees’ Report for 2019 is also available to be downloaded:
Katie Mountain is an MA student at Newcastle University, working on a study under the supervision of SGRP member Dr James Gerrard on Portchester D/Overwey white ware. Katie is looking at the distribution of the ware and would like information on further find spots to determine the extent of its distribution.
Katie has reasonable coverage of the south-east and is now looking for outliers, in particular in areas such as Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Midlands, East Anglia/Fenland. The ware appears as far north-west as Wroxeter and east into Colne Fen, and Katie is now searching now for sites in between.
While there may be issues with potential lack of recognition outside the general distribution area and with the various fabric aliases, and any information on find spots within the areas stated above would be greatly appreciated and acknowledged.
Venue: The King’s Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford
Theme: Late Roman Pottery and other ceramic matters
This year the SGRP conference will be a one-day conference with an optional second day and is being held at the Kings Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0ES. This is easily accessible by car and train and is located close to Oxford Archaeology. On Saturday we will combining lectures with pottery handling and a ‘pottery ‘road-show’ where you can bring along your query colour-coats and we can disagree as to what they are. On the Sunday we will arrange a guided tour of North Leigh Roman villa from where we will go to Woodstock where there are plenty of eating places to suit all pockets followed by the opportunity to visit the Oxfordshire Museum at Woodstock before returning to Oxford.
Click the link below to download the timetable, venue and accommondation details and the registration form:
The annual conference of the Study Group for Roman Pottery was held this year at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle. During a weekend in July, delegates heard talks on Roman pottery from Carlisle, other sites in north-west England, and the results of work on larger projects, both in Britain and abroad.
There was also a visit to the Roman fort of Vindolanda, where delegates were treated to a guided tour by Andrew Birley, CEO of The Vindolanda Trust, and the firing of a replica Roman kiln, built by experimental archaeologist and potter, Graham Taylor. There was just about time, too, for a walk along the wall from Gilsland to Birdoswald on Hadrian’s Wall.
Every year at the conference, the John Gillam Prize is awarded to a piece of recent work that has made an important contribution to Roman pottery studies. This year’s prize was awarded to Edward Biddulph, Joyce Compton and Scott Martin for their work on the late Iron Age and Roman assemblage from Elms Farm, Heybridge.
By all accounts, the conference was a great success. Thanks are owed to the staff of the Tullie House Museum for hosting the conference, and to Stephen Wadeson, supported by the SGRP Committee, for organising the weekend.
Conference gallery (photos by David Bird, Diana Briscoe, Joyce Compton, and Stephen Wadeson)
The tour of Vindolanda
The Kiln firing
The SGRP 2017 conference will be held at Tullie House in Carlisle from Friday 14th July to Sunday 16th July. Over the weekend we hope to address several themes, including Roman pottery from North-West Britain and pottery from other larger projects. There will also be a visit to the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site.
The Committee would like to invite 20 minute papers on recent or current pottery research. While we hope for a particular emphasis on material from the North of Britain, all contributions will be considered. Anyone wishing to give a paper is asked to provide a title and submit a short abstract of c 100-200 words to the Secretary by 31st January 2017.
Further details about the conference will be posted in due course.
The Insight from Innovation conference, held in honour of David Peacock, provided an opportunity for representatives of the three main pottery groups (SGRP, PCRG and MPRG) to collaborate on a joint paper in honour of David Peacock. The paper reflected on Peacock’s contribution to pottery studies and reviewed some strengths and weaknesses of current practice. This collaboration was itself a significant innovation, for, although sharing many of the same interests, methods and concerns, the three period groups have typically functioned in isolation.
The principal objectives of the published paper were to emphasise shared ambitions and methodologies and to advocate the case for a joint guidance document that would press for appropriate standards of analysis to be maintained, and for innovation to be fostered, in the face of increasing commercial pressures. The collaboration forged between the three groups, while working on this paper, resulted in the production of the joint pottery standards, which have now been published.
The paper, ‘Hold your beliefs lightly’: Innovation and best practice in Prehistoric, Roman and post-Roman ceramic studies in Britain, by Jane Evans, Duncan Brown and David Knight, can be downloaded here.
Insight from Innovation: New Light on Archaeological Ceramics, edited by Emilie Sibbesson, Ben Jervis and Sarah Coxon, is published by Oxbow Books. Click here for more details.