Terra Sigillata from Trendles

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We previously reported that we found some “Pre-Flavian Wares” that we thought might have come from Lyons with the Roman Army in the first century AD. From Trendles we find quantities of Samian ware too, (terra sigillata), a fine decorated tableware also made in France or even further afield in the Roman Empire.  It has a brilliant glaze-like shine, with a colour range from pale orange to bright red.  There are intricate images in relief and they often carry a maker’s stamp which can sometimes be traced to its origin.  This gives us an insight into the extensive trade routes and the long journey that this pottery must have made on its way to Marcham.
Simon Blackmore