The National Roman Fabric Reference Collection: a Handbook
Museum of London Archaeology Service Monograph 2, 1998.
First published in Great Britain in 1998 by the Museum of London Archaeology Service, Walker House, 87 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4AB.
Roberta Tomber and John Dore, with contributions by John Cooper, Ian Freestone, Sylvia Humphrey and Andrew Middleton, and additional information from Brenda Dickinson, Kay Hartley and Valery Rigby.
Welcome to the new on-line version of the National Roman Fabric Reference Collection. The original project was initiated and funded by English Heritage with support from The Museum of London Specialist Services and The British Museum. The full scope and aims of the project can be found in the publication. Although the monograph was reprinted in 2002, it is now out of print, but the text in its entirety is available on this site.
This web site comprises the original photographs of fresh sherd breaks in the hand specimen that were published in Tomber and Dore 1998. Here they are available at a significantly higher resolution than was possible to achieve in print and can be seen at a field view width of 24 mm. In addition, the resource has been enhanced by the addition of a thin section photomicrograph for each fabric. The photomicrographs were taken with a petrological microscope, mostly in crossed polars, although plain polarised light was sometimes used for clarity. Their field view is 1.74 mm.
The site is still under construction and until it is finalised there will be changes and improvements in the lay-out and format of the photographs and text.
The work was undertaken in the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, The British Museum and the Museum of London Archaeology Service.
This resource was made possible through a generous grant from the Roman Research Trust
John Nigel Dore 1951-2008