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Roman pot Ermin Street

The pot as it was found

Roman pot found in Wiltshire up for auction

A 2000 year old clay Roman pot, found in Swindon is now up for auction.

Who says Swindon doesn't have any history? Ermin Street in Swindon is one of the Oldest Roman Roads in Britain. Running from Glevum (Gloucester) via Corinium (Cirencester) to Durocornovium (Wanborough) where there was a large Roman settlement.

Many Roman artefacts have been discovered around Ermin Street over the years and last summer there was much excitement within Archaeological circles, when a 2000 year old Roman pot was dug up.

Roman pot Ermin Street

The pot in all its mud-free glory

The pot, made of clay, measures 2ft tall by one-and-a-half feet wide and has a mouth 12 inches across. And was found in pit with other Roman artefacts in June 2008 during excavations for a garage at Cricklade Road, Highworth, not far from Ermin Street.

The pot has contemporary clay ‘stitching’ down one side, suggesting it was broken and then mended by its Roman owners. And is now up for auction at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester in March. Auctioneer Philip Allwood said:

"What makes this pot so interesting, is its sheer size. It is incredible that it has been so well preserved for so long. If Tony Robinson dug one of these up it would be a real highlight of an episode of Time Team."

Back in the day, pottery was made from a course, porous clay that was then fired, leaving it a dull ochre to red and was usually left unglazed.

The most widely used pottery in the Roman World was for oil lamps, bottles, pitchers, bowls and plates, their basic shapes remaining unchanged for over a thousand years and still being used in today's modern world.

If you'd to bid for the pot it's expected to reach between £800 to £1,200 at auction.

The auction will take place at the Norcote salerooms, near Cirencester, on Friday, March 6 from 10am.

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