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Roman Pottery Expert Interprets Hagg Finds
Speaking to an appreciative audience at The Buck last night, Eniko Hudak gave us a detailed and interesting interpretation of Roman pottery finds from the 2016 and 2017 digs on The Hagg. While most rural sites yield mostly quantities of greyware, she said, our site is unusual for the range of different fabrics and forms with a strong late-fourth century component. It also suggests that nearby Catterick was a centre for the redistribution of goods at this time.
Eniko pointed out that the overall amounts were small; a London site would typically yield many kilos of pot. In 2016, 274g out of 379g was E. Yorks calcite (shell)- gritted ware (R4) and in 2017 the proportion was 674g out of 1920g. In 2017 we also dug up 25 sherds of Samian and 626g of Crambeck ware. There were examples of Dorset BB1, a very common find along Hadrians Wall. Her favourite sherd was the rim of a Crambeck white-ware bowl (no grit incorporated so not a mortarium) dated 350-400AD. Eniko is a passionate supporter of community archaeology and we are fortunate to have had the benefit of her expertise. She posts regularly (and entertainingly) on Twitter as @sherdnerdE.
Eniko visits the Hagg Finds bagged up, ready to go to the experts
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News Record: 44     Updated: 23-05-2018 10:49:07

Potted History comes to Reeth
SWAAG members were treated to a fascinating Roman pottery workshop yesterday thanks to Graham Taylor and Community arts project, Fabric of Place. The final exhibition of work from this project will be displayed at the Dales Country Museum in October.
Slip trailing Barbotine style
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Graham and Sue with Fabric of Place organiser, Emily Graham demonstrates the amazing stick wheel
News Record: 43     Updated: 09-05-2018 09:03:34

Potted History
It is very exciting to welcome Graham Taylor of Potted History to speak at our meeting on Tuesday, 8th May at The Buck Hotel in Reeth. His work on replicating Roman and Prehistoric pots using authentic methods has been on view recently at Vindolanda and we were very fortunate last year to welcome him to the Hagg site, where he provided a brief introduction to different styles of pottery using replicas he had made. He also gave the pupils of Arkengarthdale School a great opportunity to handle and discuss realistic examples of Roman pot. Those of you who came on the SWAAG visit to Vindolanda last year may also remember his Roman pottery kiln.
During the afternoon, Graham will also lead a hands-on pottery workshop. For both of these splendid opportunities we have to thank the Fabric of Place project, a community arts initiative organised by Chrysalis Arts.
You might like to take a look at his website at: pottedhistory
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News Record: 42     Updated: 01-05-2018 10:46:57

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