This looks like a fragment of terra sigillata from western Asia Minor or
North Africa. Actually, it could conceivably have had a British
provenance (although pretty unlikely). This kind of ceramic was imported
in small quantities into Western Britain in the later 5th-mid 6th
centuries AD- in British contexts it's often referred to as 'A ware'.
Fragments of Phocaean Red Slipware do carry stamped crosses, including
examples from Phillack in Cornwall and Dublin. Have a look at Ewan
Campbell's 2007 CBA Research Report 'Continental and Mediterranean
imports to Atlantic Britain and Ireland , AD 400-800'
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[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dean Paton
Sent: 25 February 2010 08:02
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Christogram on British Samian
Thanks for this.
I realise my mistake in thinking that it was found in Britain! Excited
me for a
moment. Looking at the dealer, it will be coming in from the middle
Though I find it sad that finds like this can be bought and sold on
There's a similar shop near to my university and whilst browsing, the
me he could get me anything I wanted for a price. I jokingly asked if he
the vestments of Thomas Becket and he calmly asked what my budget was!
probably makes his own! Sad times.