The course notes which Peter Webster and Geoffrey Dannell put together in the early 1980s have been tried and tested, revised and rewritten, and now form this `introduction to samian ware in Britain': what it is and why it is important; how it was made, both plain and decorated; where it was made, when, and with what fabrics; and the systems of classification. The book then lists the types, illustrating variants and giving dates, peculiarities, and a bibliography; first the plain wares, then the decorated ones and their schemes of decoration. It describes how to approach more detailed analysis through figure types and potters. It explains how to deal with a site collection. Finally there is a bibliography, glossary and summary form index. The book is as much an introduction as Oswald and Pryce's famous volume, for which there will now be little demand. Absolutely essential for anyone approaching a Roman site in Britain.
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