As was reported on the 11th of August, pottery fragments were found during monitoring work conducted by Rebecca Shaw Archaeological Services on ground disturbance associated with the creation of an extension to a house close to the site of Old Kipatrick Roman Fort. This pottery has been subject to specialist analysis, carried out by Louisa Hammersley, and a report submitted to WoSAS
Five Roman pottery sherds were recovered during the excavation, all unstratified and from disturbed contexts. The collection comprises four sherds of samian and one of grey coarseware. The samian fragments are as follows:
In addition, a fragment of a flat base of a grey coarseware vessel, probably representing a storage jar, was also found. Like many grey wares, the provenance of this sherd is challenging to define with any great confidence, and although it does resemble Highgate Wood C reduced ware from London, it must remain undefined for the time being.
This is a small, but interesting, collection of material, particularly the samian sherds which all derive from different vessels. They do not vary markedly from the types recovered from nearby Old Kilpatrick fort, the probable origin of the collection, where excavations recovered some 250 plain samian platter sherds. All fall within the Hadrianic to Antonine period of manufacture and, with the exception of one sherd which is slightly worn, all are in relatively fresh condition, suggesting they have not been detrimentally affected by heavy plough damage or other taphonomic processes. The fact that the sherds are relatively unabraded, together with the likely form of the vessels, raises the interesting possibility that some may have been used to pour libations at alters erected to the memory of the dead along the line of the Military Way, which runs north from Old Kilpatrick fort through the area where the samian was found.