Samian ware dish base

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.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Exeter archaeology
Common Name
samian ware dish base
Simple Name
vessel (sherd)
Full Name
samian, stamped, graffito
Cultural Group
Period Classification
Roman (43-410)
Family Group

pottery; samian ware
Collector / Excavator
Exeter Archaeology
Collection Site Name
St Loyes College (2010)
Collection Town
Collection County
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent

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