Grinding bowl

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

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Grinding bowl

This ceramic grinding bowl, also known as a mortarium, was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was probably made locally between 80 and 180 AD.

The grinding bowl has a stamp reading 'MF' which indicates the manufacturer.

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

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Online ID: 000-100-037-438-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1429
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Ceramic, reddish-brown; stamped
Dimensions: 11.00" D
What: Pottery / mortarium
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Mortarium of reddish-brown ware, stamped to indicate manufacturer, from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, Pl. L, 5. 
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