Vessel, pottery fragment, mouth and rim sherd

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Fragment of pottery from a vessel mouth with partial rim, neck and part of a possible handle. Slightly raised rim. Roman (?). The paste is pinkish brown, coarse, with numerous inclusions of varying size. The surface is coated with a metallic olive green glaze, rough erroded and scratched. The glaze has penetrated the surface to a depth of 1mm. On one edge the glaze has completely overrun the break, suggesting it was broken while still in preparation. The interior surface has a slight but discernible greenish tint. The exterior rim is very slight, the interior rim is quite pronounced. The upper edge of the rim is rough, lumpy and slightly deformed. There is a large broken handle base.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY
L110mm x W105mm x D35mm
Media/Materials description
Pottery vessel made of fired clay, complete or fragmented
Inclusions (quartz) to make the clay less sticky, reduce shrinkage, increase resistance to thermal shock and strength prior to firing.
History and use
This is a sherd of pottery from a vessel. Pottery sherds are broken pieces of pottery, often with irregularly shaped broken edges. How do we know what part of a vessel a sherd came from? Sherds can be classified into one of three categories: rim sherds, body sherds, and base sherds. Rim sherds are the most informative and easy to classify and tell us what kind of rim a vessel had: inslanting, flared or vertical. The curvature of the rim can be measured to tell us the size of the vessels opening.
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