|Mudlarking Find: Base of Roman Samian Ware|
|Samian Ware(British Museum) |
|Base (British Museum)|
I subsequently learnt that 'samian' potters often stamped their name in the base of their bowls. The next day my youngest helped me decipher the name TAVRICIM rising up from the base of my find, which as V's = U's in Latin is Tauricim. I found one mention in a 1895 reference book from the Musee Lyon 'inscriptions antiques'. Next to his or her name is 'Sainte-Colombe' a town in Western France - perhaps the potter was based here.
|Mudlarking Find: Roman Samian Ware with Potters Stamp TAVRICIM.|
|Principal terra sigillata kiln sites(potshard.net)|
|South Gaulish Samian Ware showing standardisation of size (wiki)|
|Decorated Samian Ware (Museum of London)|
|Roman Barbotine Vessle 2nd C AD (Christies)|
The rest of this particular day was characterised by tea bowls, I found yet another armorial pipe and this time coveted shard after shard of debased blue stoneware which I'm amassing with some notion of mosaic making. I was able to return Brian's 'piggy' glass seal, say goodbye to our lovely French ex archaeologist who is moving the States. I was lucky to meet Jim just before I left, a follower of the blog, who is over for a three week trip to the UK from the States with frequent mudlarking forages when he and his wife have time. I didn't quite remember Jim from followers on the blog, so it appears that wordpress followers don't show up on blogger. Interesting how many Americans make their way across the pond to do a bit of mudlarking.