Fragment of terracotta, possibly from the rims of plates. Possibly Roman. The piece appears to be a rim fragment from a piece of indeterminate size. The paste is reddish brown, the surface reddish with trace of reddish or brown slip. The texture is fine with a clean fracture. There is a double groove, creating a slight ridge inbetween on the exterior rim. The piece is somewhat erroded and encrusted.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY
50 x 13 x 46 x 19
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.