Details of relevant entry in The Pottery Kilns of Roman Britain by Vivien Swan

As utilised in the website hosted by Oxford Archaeology on behalf of the Study Group for Roman Pottery

Site Name: Hall Arm Lane, Aldborough

Kiln Number: 'Location 53A'

Grid Reference: SE41016635



Geology: sand and gravel over boulder clay

Situation: gently sloping valley side

Height above OD: 20 m

Water Supply: R Ure 500 m N

Circumstances of Record: digging a sewage trench; observation and salvage excavation

Excavator/Observer: M U Jones

Date of Record: 1964

Kiln Type:

Kiln Interior:

Oven Floor:


Site Features and Finds: large deposit (approx 6 m long) of dark earth containing fragments of fired clay, possible 'tile wasters' and abundant unused pottery, many examples of a very limited range of types, incl. wasters, suggestive of kiln site nearby; lave quern fragment; site lay adjacent to 'Red Hills', 200 m E of Roman town, at the junction of the York-Milby-Catterick Roman road and a presumed service road leading to the town's East gate

Pottery: oxidized (or ?reduced) carinated bowls with reeded rim, ovoid cooking-pots or jars with everted rim (same with scored lattice-decoration), campanulate bowls (approx Gillam 211), lids, platters (Gillam 322/325) with internal basal grooves in groups of three; ring-necked flagons with cream slip and foot-ring (Gillam 4/5); cream-buff flanged mortaria with cream slip and white, grey and brown grit, some white, grit, some stamped by potter Nator

Date of Pottery: Trajanic-early Hadrianic

Reference(s): Jones 1971, 53-4, 59, 64-7, 75

Source of Information:

Location of Finds: Aldborough R Mus

Comments: presence in deposit of some tiles, apparently wasters, may indicate their use kiln-structure(s) rather than their actual production on the site; range of vessel-types suggests production geared primarily to military consumers (?to the probable fort which proceded the town on the site); mortaria stamped by Nator known at other military sites, e.g. Bainbridge, York and Malton