Potsherd: Atlas of Roman Pottery

Rossington Bridge mortaria

Mortaria manufactured at Rossington Bridge (nr Doncaster, Yorks/GB) during 2nd centuries AD; distributed in northern England and southern Scotland;

Fabric and technology

Hard, sandy fabric, usually orange-brown with grey core; abundant quartz sand tempering, with occasional red-brown and grey particles; mixed trituration grit, including haematite, quartz, and some flint and brown sandstone.


Mortaria with bead and rolled flange.


The principal potter Rossington Bridge potter is Sarrius, who had earlier worked at Mancetter-Hartshill. Some Rossington Bridge mortaria are stamped jointly by Sarrius and either Setibogius or Secundua. The latest work of Sarrius seems to be at Mancetter-Hartshill, so the Rossington Bridge production may have closed down during his lifetime. The potter Baro may be related to the Baro of the Colchester workshops.

Potter Date
BARO 140-190 <- COMO ?
SARRIUS 135-170 <- MHMO
SECUNDUA 140-170

Table 1.  Principal Rossington Bridge mortarium potters




Rossington Bridge, near Doncaster.


Northern Britain, including the Antonine Wall.


Doncaster mortarium fabric 1. JRPS bibliography fabric rsm.


For the kilns see Swan 1984; discussions of Sarrius in MacIvor et al. 1981, 260; Buckland and Magilton 1986, 148.


Buckland and Magilton 1986. Buckland, P. C. and Magilton, J. R., The archaeology of Doncaster, 1. The Roman civil settlement, British archaeological reports. British series, 148, Oxford, (1986).

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.

Swan 1984. Swan, V. G. in The pottery kilns of Roman Britain, RCHM Supplementary Series, 5, RCHM, (1984).

Distribution of Rossington Bridge mortaria in Britain
Roman Pottery in Britain (Tyers 1996)
  • Fabric code: RBMO (p.129)
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 mortaria
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