Black Burnished ware

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Black Burnished ware

Sherds of hand-made Black Burnished pottery made in the area of Poole Harbour in south Dorset are much the most common artefacts found on Roman sites in Exeter. The image shows a range of typical forms: tall jars (often called ‘cooking pots’ but showing no obvious sign of cooking), dishes and small bowls.

Pottery of this sort must have been produced in huge quantities, supplying not only the local market of south-west England but also the army on Hadrian’s Wall and even in Scotland.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum Exeter Archaeology