An Introduction to Roman Pottery

A one day CPD course offering an introduction to Roman Pottery to be held on Thursday 15 June 2017.


15 June 2017
University of Leicester

Combining practical sessions with the University's teaching collection our course leaders will use recent case studies from urban excavation projects in Leicester to demonstrate how pottery fits into the narrative of the site and how the post-excavation process can enrich the site narrative. professionals who have an interest in Roman pottery. This one day course assumes no prior knowledge of Roman pottery and is aimed at people wishing to develop a specialism or to better understand the potential of this material.

The course will be led by Nick Cooper and Liz Johnson from ULAS who have extensive excavation and assessment experience.



9.30 - 10.00am


10.00 - 10.30am Introduction - Roman pottery: What's it got? It's got the lot!
10.30 - 11.30am Practical - Form, Fabric and Decoration: the Basics
11.30 - 11.45am Refreshments
11.45 - 12.30pm Leicester Case Study - Assessing the Potential for Analysis of an Assemblage
12.30 - 1.15pm Lunch
1.15 - 2.15pm Practical - Assessing an Assemblage: Fabric Series, Typology, Quantification and Spot-dating
2.15 - 3.00pm Leicester Case Study - Presenting the results of Analysis
3.00 - 3.15pm Refreshments
3.15 - 4.15pm Practical - Analysing an Assemblage and Dating Large Groups
4.15 - 5.00

Integrating the evidence of Pottery with the Site Narrative and Beyond


  • This course will be held in the University's ceramics lab in the School of Archaeology & Ancient History building. Directions to campus can be found here.
  • The University has limited pay & display parking available in the car park on Welford Road. There is limited on street parking available close to the university. Should you choose to travel by train the campus is easily accessible by bus, a short taxi ride, or a 15 minute walk.


The course costs £150 for the day including course materials, refreshments, and lunch.

  • Book online at the shop@le course page.
  • If you wish to reserve a place and pay by invoice please fill out the form which can be found under "How to Pay" on the left-hand side, or accessed here, and email it to Pete at

Further Enquiries

If you any queries or would like to discuss any aspect of the course please feel free to contact Pete on 0116 223 1987 or

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