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Rossington Bridge Black-burnished ware

Jars and dishes in a hard grey sandy fabric produced at Rossington Bridge (nr Doncaster, Yorkshire/GB) with limited distribution in northern Britain during the 2nd century AD.

Fabric and technology

A hard sandy ware; dark grey (rather than black) with a slight lustre; less sand temper and burnished decoration has thinner lines than Dorset BB1. Hand-formed.


Everted-rim jars and pie-dishes.




Rossington Bridge (Yorkshire). Manufactured alongside the mortarium workshops of Sarrius, probably by migrants (willing or otherwise) from Dorset BB1 industry.


Full extent unclear due to difficulties of recognition, but occurs on Antonine Wall and Scottish forts, and Corbridge.



For kilns: RCHM gazetteer F703-4; Buckland et al. 1980; Buckland 1986, 42-9; for petrology and fabric: Williams 1977, group II; for distribution: Williams in MacIvor et al. 1981, 257.


Buckland 1986. Buckland, P. C., Roman South Yorkshire: a source book, Department of Archaeology and Prehistory. University of Sheffield, Sheffield, (1986).

Buckland et al. 1980. Buckland, P. C., Magilton, J. R. and Dolby, M. J., ‘The Roman Pottery Industries of South Yorkshire. A Review’, Britannia, 11, (1980), pp. 145-64.

MacIvor et al. 1981. MacIvor, I., Thomas, M. C. and Breeze, D. J., ‘Excavations on the Antonine Wall fort of Rough Castle, Stirlingshire, 1957-61’, PSAS, 110, (1981), pp. 230-85.

Williams 1977. Williams, D. F., ‘The Romano-British black-burnished industry: an essay on characterization by heavy-mineral analysis’ in Pottery and early commerce. Characterization and trade in Roman and later ceramics, ed. D. P. S. Peacock, Academic Press, London, (1977), pp. 163-220.

Distribution of Rossington Bridge Black-burnished ware in Britain
Roman Pottery in Britain (Tyers 1996)
  • Fabric code: RBBB1 (p.186)
Thumbnail images (click for higher resolution):
National Roman Fabric Reference Collection
(Dore & Tomber 1998, Museum of London Archaeology Service Monograph 2)
  • Fabric code: ROS BB 1 (Rossington Bridge Black-burnished ware 1, p.202).
Thumbnail images
The pottery kilns of Roman Britain (Swan 1984)
Kilns producing this ware are located at:
  • Cantley (Yorks-Wriding)
Further details of these sites are available through the link above, and are summarized and mapped here.
Rossington Bridge Black-burnished ware
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