Dish of samian ware

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Dish of samian ware.
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Dish of samian ware

This dish of samian ware pottery was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 80 and 100 AD.

The shallow dish has been stamped in the centre of its base with the word 'Ofmasculi', meaning 'workshop of Masculus'.

Many mass-produced articles in the Roman world were stamped or inscribed to indicate the makers, contents, dates or ownership, which suggests basic literacy amongst a wide section of the Roman population.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-388-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1340
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Samian ware; round, saucer-like; stamped OFMASCULI
Dimensions: 6.50" D
What: Pottery / platter
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Platter of Samian ware stamped to indicate manufacturer, from Newstead
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