Roman Pottery

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire


Roman handled jug

Sherds of Roman period pottery are not uncommon in the Bradford Hundred area, increasing in number around the site of a habitation. Broken pots would have been thrown on the rubbish heap and scattered about in the process of using the heap as a source of manure to enrich the soil. Sherds that have been scattered like this are likely to be worn by ploughing, whereas those near to, or on the site of a building may have fresh-looking breaks.

Recognition of the pottery of the various production areas gives a glimpse of trade and, especially with imported fine wares, of the prestige of a settlement site.

flue tile fragmentPieces of pottery flue pipe, used to take warmth from a furnace up through walls, are an indication of a high-prestige building that was equipped with underfloor heating. The rectangular-section pipes have a distinctive pattern scratched into them to act as a key for wall plaster and mortar.