A piece from the base of a samian ware dish. Samian ware was a high quality form of pottery imported from Gaul (Southern France). The potters who made samian ware often stamped their name onto the base of the pots. This pot is stamped FELICISO and means that it was made by a potter called Felix. Felix’s pots are found all over the Roman world, from Exeter to Sudan. The owner of this pot, probably a soldier, has scratched their initials onto the base of it. The pot belonged to the Roman military era of a supply depot found by archaeologists on the St Loyes site that lay between the port at Topsham and the fortress at Exeter.