Grinding bowl

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

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Grinding bowl

This ceramic grinding bowl, of a type known as a mortarium, was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used in the preparation of food between 140 and 180 AD.

The grinding bowl has been stamped with the manufacturer's name: 'Brvsc'. It has been reconstructed.

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: 000-100-037-437-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1428
Date: Between 140 and 180 AD
Material: Ceramic, buff, soft; stamped; reconstructed
Dimensions: 12.50" D
What: Pottery / mortarium
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Reconstructed mortarium of soft buff ware, stamped to indicate manufacturer, from Newstead
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