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6.4 Samian by S.H. Willis

All the samian was significantly abraded and weathered. In all, 31 sherds were found, the vast majority being Central Gaulish. Only four South Gaulish (La Graufesenque) and one East Gaulish vessels are represented (all from Le Grands Champ). A slightly higher overall preponderance of decorated forms are present than would be usual in the UK. The sherds are discussed in turn below. Commentaries on site assemblages can be found in the site-by-site descriptions by following the links on the site names.

All the samian fabrics were examined and identified under x20 binocular microscope.

TS01, B2000-303-18[1], A2: Le Grands Champ.
Base sherd, TSG, La Graufesenque, Drag. 37, 10.7g, 15%, date: c. AD 85-110; slightly burnt.
TS02, B2000-303-18[1], A2: Le Grands Champ.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, Drag. 37, 19.9g, date: c. AD 135-175. Decoration: part of the ovolo band is represented; this is poorly impressed but appears to be an ovolo type associated with Cinnamus ii. There is a resemblance to Stanfield and Simpson's ovolo type I for the Cinnamus ii workshop (Stanfield and Simpson 1958). The ovolo is large and rather square with a double border and no central projection. The tongue here is indistinct. A bead border separates the ovolo from a large scroll design, but with this sherd we only have tendrils represented.
TS03, B2000-303-15A, A2: Le Grands Champ.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, Déchelette 68, 3.5g, date: c. AD 150-200; decoration in barbotine, only a small fragment represented.
TS04, B2000-303-15A, A2: Le Grands Champ.
Rim sherd, TCG, Lezoux, Oswald and Pryce (1920) LV, 13, 8.5g, 12%, diam. 130mm, date: c. AD 120-200.
TS05, B2000-303-15A, A2: Le Grands Champ.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, platter/dish?, 2.3g, date: c. AD 120-160; good slip, some staining, possibly burnt.
TS06, B2000-303-15A, A2: Le Grands Champ.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, small plain bowl, 7.1g, date: c. AD 120-140.
TS07, B2000-303-15A, A2: Le Grands Champ.
Body sherd flake, TSG, La Graufesenque, unidentified form, 0.6g, date: c. AD 30-90.
TS08, B2000-303-15A, A2: Le Grands Champ.
Body sherd, TEG, Drag. 37, 10.9g, date: c. AD 150-250; evidently from the top of a decorative band. There is a suggestion of the ovolo band but this is very abraded and not identifiable.
TS09, B2000-303-15A, A2: Le Grands Champ.
Rim sherd, TCG, Lezoux, Drag. 37, 4.3g, 5%, date: c. AD 120-200; poor condition.
TS10, B2000-303-15A, A2: Le Grands Champ.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, Drag. 37, 15.5g, date: c. AD 120-200; decoration: part of the lower decorated zone is represented, a medallion occurs with a running animal to the left which is probably a boar. However, this figure type is heavily abraded.
TS11, B2001-303-33B, A2: L'Haut des Champs.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, ?dish, 3.3g, date: c. AD 120-200.
TS12, B2001-303-34[3], A2: L'Haut des Champs.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux (micaceous), bowl or ?dish, 2.2g, date: c. AD 60-120.
TS13, B2001-303-34[3], A2: L'Haut des Champs.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, Drag. 36, 7.8g, date: c. AD 120-145.
TS14, B2001-303-34[3], A2: L'Haut des Champs.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux (micaceous), small Drag. 37, 2.7g, date: c. AD 60-120; no decorative detail survives.
TS15, B2000-303-18[2], A2: Le Grands Champ.
Rim sherd, TCG, Lezoux, Drag. 37, 11.8g, 4%, date: c. AD 65-200; no original surface survives.
TS16, B2000-303-18[4], A2: Le Grands Champ.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, Drag. 37, 4.8g, date: c. AD 120-200; the original exterior surface is virtually completely missing and a ghost of an area of decoration survives.
TS17, B2002-303-75[1], A2: L'Haut des Champs.
Base sherd, TSG, La Graufesenque, Déchelette 67, 3.7g, 22%, diam. 66mm, date: c. AD 70-100; the original surface is completely missing.
TS18, B2002-303-75[1], A2: L'Haut des Champs.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux (micaceous), bowl or ?dish, 3.4g, date: c. AD 60-120.
TS19, B2002-303-75[2], A2: L'Haut des Champs.
Base sherd, TCG, Lezoux, from a hemispherical cup, ?Drag. 27g, 3.8g, 13%, diam. 60mm, date: c. AD 120-150.
TS20, B2002-303-75[2], A2: L'Haut des Champs.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, small plain bowl/dish, 2.3g, date: c. AD 120-140
TS21, B2002-303-75[4], A2: L'Haut des Champs.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, small Drag. 37, 5.4g, date: c. AD 120-160; decoration heavily abraded, no detail discernable.
TS22, B2002-303-84, A2: Les Chaumes.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, Drag. 37, 6.7g, date: c. AD 120-200; decoration is heavily abraded.
TS23, B2000-303-10, A1: Villa de Chantal.
Rim sherd, TCG, Lezoux, small Drag. 18/31, 0.7g, 5%, date: c. AD 120-150.
TS24, B2000-303-18[1], A2: Le Grands Champ.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, Drag. 45, 20.3g, date: c. AD 170-200; heavily abraded.
TS25, B2000-303-18[1], A2: Le Grands Champ.
Rim sherd, TSG, La Graufesenque, Drag. 15/17, 4.1g, 5%, diam. 170mm, date: c. AD 40-100.
TS26, B2000-303-18[1], A2: Le Grands Champ.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, unidentified form, 2.3g, date: c. AD 120-200.
TS27, B2000-303-18[1], A2: Le Grands Champ.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, beaker, 1.8g, date: c. AD 120-200.
TS28, B2000-303-18[1], A2: Le Grands Champ.
Base sherd, TCG, Lezoux, Drag. 37, 78.8g, 5%, diam. 70mm, date: c. AD 160-200; the slip appears to be pale orange with a tiny area of decoration represented but very abraded.
TS29, B2000-303-18[1], A2: Le Grands Champ.
Rim sherd, TCG, Lezoux, Drag. 37, 18.4g, 7%, diam. 180mm, date: c. AD 120-200.
TS30, B2000-303-15, A2: Le Grands Champ.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux, beaker, 0.5g, date: c. AD 120-200.
TS31, B2001-303-27, A1: Chantal west.
Body sherd, TCG, Lezoux (micaceous), decorated bowl, 2.8g, date: c. AD 60-120; the decoration is vestigial.

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