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01.08.2021

Roman grey-ware flagon

From Manor Farm, Hurstbourne Priors, Hampshire, probably made in Alice Holt's kiln, near Farnham, Surrey, Roman era, 200-279.
A gray ware jug, with a rim and upper half of the torso, with vertical burnt lines on the neck. It had graffiti in the form of a swastika carved on it, which was probably the identifying mark of the owner. It was made in the Alice Holt kiln in eastern Hampshire, and its type dates from 200-280 AD, while samples from Silchester can be dated to 270 AD. This suggests that the burial dates to the late 3rd century, but the samian was ancient, perhaps a hidden relic before it was placed in the grave.

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