Fragment of a cup of samian ware

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Fragment of a cup of samian ware.
© National Museums Scotland

Fragment of a cup of samian ware

This fragment of a cup of samian ware pottery was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 140 and 180 AD.

The stamp 'Probvs f' is on the bottom of the cup, meaning 'Probus made this'.

Many mass-produced articles in the Roman world were stamped or inscribed by the manufacturers 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: 000-100-037-454-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1552
Date: Between 140 and 180 AD
Material: Samian ware; stamped PROBUS F
What: Pottery / cup / fragment
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Fragment of a cup of Samian ware, stamped to indicate manufacturer, from Newstead
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