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South Gaulish (Montans) terra sigillata

Terra sigillata produced at Montans (Tarn/FR) and distributed across western Gaul, northern Spain and Britain during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.

Fabric and technology

Hard, fine-textured, with slightly irregular fracture; distinguished by pale brown fabric (e.g. 10YR 8/4) with matt brownish-red slip (2.5YR 5/6) Inclusions of abundant fine red iron ore and sparse quartz and mica.


Manufacture commences in Augustan period; plain and decorated wares exported to Britain from Neronian period until end of production in late Antonine period. In London, most is probably Flavian/Trajanic, but includes cache of nine stamped vessels from ‘second fire’ levels (Marsh 1981, 200-1).


Montans (Tarn), in Aquitaine.


A predominantly western French distribution, with extension into northern Spain; wide but thin distribution in Britain, as far as northern frontier (Hartley 1972, 42-5). but rarely more than a few sherds on most sites.


Colchester fabric MT. JRPS bibliography fabric mts.


Bémont and Jacob 1986, 58-71. Some of the British material is described in Simpson 1976.


Bémont and Jacob 1986. Bémont, C. and Jacob, J.-P., La Terre sigillée gallo-romaine. Lieux de production du Haut Empire: implantations, produits, relations, Documents d’archéologie française, 6, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, (1986).

Hartley 1972. Hartley, B. R., ‘The Roman occupation of Scotland. The evidence of samian ware’, Britannia, 3, (1972), pp. 1-55.

Marsh 1981. Marsh, G. D., ‘London’s samian supply and its relationship to the development of the Gallic samian industry’ in Roman Pottery research in Britain and North-West Europe. Papers presented to Graham Webster, ed. A. C. Anderson and A. S. Anderson, British archaeological reports. International series, 123, BAR, Oxford, (1981), pp. 173-238.

Simpson 1976. Simpson, G., ‘Decorated Terra Sigillata at Montans (Tarn) from the Manuscript of Elie Rossignol at Albi’, Britannia, 7, (1976), pp. 244-73.

Distribution of South Gaulish (Montans) terra sigillata in Britain
Roman Pottery in Britain (Tyers 1996)
  • Fabric code: MOTS (p.112)
Terra sigillata forms and kiln sites
  • Database of the principal terra sigillata forms.
  • Map of the principal terra sigillata kiln sites
National Roman Fabric Reference Collection
(Dore & Tomber 1998, Museum of London Archaeology Service Monograph 2)
  • Fabric code: MON SA (Montans samian, p.29).
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