Roman roof tile, Imbrex

Country
Syria
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Object detail

Description
Partial ceramic roof tile, called imbrex. Forms the top to the tegula. Curved semi-circular in cross section, sides with irregular edges. Terracotta is coarse grained with inclusions.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
Measurements
L150mm x W130mm x D60mm
Media/Materials description
Ceramic
Signature/Marks
J.85
History and use
Roman buildings were protected with tiles comprised of two different pieces. The flat tiles, tegula, had flat ridges on both ends and were laid next to each other on wooden roof battens. The curved tile, imbrex, overlapped the edges of the tegula - bridging the gap and making the roof waterproof. The open end of the imbrex was often terminated with a decorative tile.
Registration number
E40082.2

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