The Context

It is most unfortunate that the context in which the fragments were found had been disturbed on at least two occasions prior to excavation.

Primary disturbance, albeit fairly peripheral, was due to the grave cut of an inhumation burial, though the loss of evidence may most probably be attributed to the cutting of a slot-trench for a Victorian field drain, which divided the context in two.  Indeed, some of the sherds were found in the fill of the drainage cut some 4 metres distant from the bulk of the material.

It was hoped that further sherds of the vessel might be found within the fill, but such was not the case and unfortunately, time constraints precluded excavation beyond the area defined by the building under investigation.

The context itself consisted of the fill of a shallow gully, possibly a "drip-gully" associated with a roundhouse.  Dating is to the 2nd quarter of the second century AD.

(Further details will be presented in the full excavation report in due course.)