Pottery sherd

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From Camelon, Stirlingshire

Postcard of Pottery sherd.
© National Museums Scotland

Pottery sherd

This sherd of Roman pottery was found at the site of the Roman fort at Camelon in Stirlingshire. It dates from between 80 and 165 AD.

The sherd has inscription 'Similis' scratched on the bottom, probably the name of the owner.

Brought to Scotland by the Romans, writing was a vital part of the bureaucracy generated by the army. Many Roman soldiers could read and write to some extent, and marked their names on their belongings.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-712-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FX 45
Date: Between 80 and 165 AD
Material: Ceramic, dark grey; shallow; with decoration in hatched lines
What: Pottery / vessel / portion
Where: Scotland, Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Camelon
Description: Portion of a shallow vessel of decorated dark grey ware, inscribed to indicate ownership, from Camelon
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