Pottery sherd

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From Birrens, Dumfriesshire

Postcard of Pottery sherd.
© National Museums Scotland

Pottery sherd

This sherd of samian ware pottery was found at Birrens in Dumfriesshire. It is from the base of a vessel. The sherd dates from between 140 and 160 AD.

The sherd has been crudely etched with the inscription 'Ganniinco' and 'TC'. The former is probably the name of the owner, Gannenco.

Many Roman soldiers could read and write to some extent, and marked their names on their belongings.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-448-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FP 229
Date: 140 - 160 AD
Between 140 and 160 AD
Material: Samian ware; with stamp and graffito
What: Pottery / base sherd
Where: Scotland, Dumfriesshire, Middlebie, Birrens
Description: Sherd of Samian ware marked to indicate ownership, from Birrens, Dumfriesshire, 140 - 160 AD
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