Potsherd: Atlas of Roman Pottery

New Forest mortaria

Mortaria manufactured in New Forset potteries (Hants/GB) during 3rd and 4th centuries AD; distributed across southern Britain.

Fabric and technology

Hard sandy fabric; white or off-white, rarely with pale grey core; abundant well-sorted quartz sand temper with occasional red-brown or grey flint inclusions; trituration grit of quartz, flint, brown sandstone and other red-brown material. Wheel-thrown.


Mortaria, with bead and flange. Fulford defines six mortarium types (forms 102-7) in this ware, some decorated with incised wavy-lines on the flange.


c. AD 260-370.


The New Forest industry.


Principally central southern England, with a thin scatter beyond.


Fulford (1975) fabric 2a.


Bath fabric 2.4. Chichester mortarium fabrics 5-6. Colchester fabric TH. Exeter mortarium fabrics FB5 and FB6. JRPS bibliography fabric nfm.


Fulford 1975, 74-9, 123. RCHM gazetteer 108-9, F322-41, F344


Fulford 1975. Fulford, M. G., New Forest Roman pottery. Manufacture and distribution, with a corpus of pottery types, British archaeological reports, 17, BAR, Oxford, (1975).

Distribution of New Forest mortaria in Britain
Roman Pottery in Britain (Tyers 1996)
  • Fabric code: NFMO (p.125)
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National Roman Fabric Reference Collection
(Dore & Tomber 1998, Museum of London Archaeology Service Monograph 2)
  • Fabric code: NFO PA (New Forest (Coarse) Parchment ware, p.142).
  • Fabric code: NFO WH 1 (New Forest (Coarse) White ware 1, p.142).
  • Fabric code: NFO WH 2 (New Forest (Fine) White ware 2, p.144).
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Worcestershire ceramics online database
(Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service)
  • Fabric no. 115.1 (New Forest mortarium)
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The pottery kilns of Roman Britain (Swan 1984)
Kilns producing this ware are located at:
  • Fordingbridge (Hants)
Further details of these sites are available through the link above, and are summarized and mapped here.
New Forest mortaria
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