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Old Romans at Kohlhunden / Alte Roemer in Kohlhunden

Old Romans at Kohlhunden / Alte Roemer in Kohlhunden
Parts of the Kohlhunden samian ware cult dish stash as a replica. The burried pots and dishes found during road building before to much damage was done kame from Reinzabern, not exactly the next area pottery.... / Teile des Terra Sigilata Opfergeschirrs von Kohlhunden als Replikat. Die vergrabenen Toepfe und Schuesseln wurden beim Strassenbau in der Erde gefunden bevor viel zu bruch ging. Sie waren wohl aus der Manufaktur in Rheinzabern, nicht gerade der naechste Toepfer in der Umgebung....

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Wenn ich mir vorstelle, welche Bedeutung die Töpferei seinerzeit hatte, als es noch kein Plastik und kein Glas gab . . .
19 months ago.
Sonja has replied to Bergfex
Oh, Glas gab es beim Roemer -- aber auch nur als wirklich feines Luxusgut.

In gewisser Weise war die Massenproduktion der Auerbergtoepferei (Damasia?) fuer rauhen in Knetmassekonsistenz gedrehten und mit Sandlasur gebrannten Ton wohl etwas, das heutigen Firmen fuer Normflaschen zur Lebebsmittel Lagerhaltung und Verarbeitung und Alltagsgeschirr entspricht, und echte Terra Sigilata vom Rhein oder aus Italien war das Designergeschirr.
Produktionsstatten fuer billige Toepfe zum Transport und zur Lagerhaltung wirkten fast wie moderne Industriegebiete.
View through the time-scope / Blick durchs Zeit-Spektiv
19 months ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
The replicas are very beautiful and give a great idea of what the originals were like. Hard sometimes from a few colorless shards to tell what the originals looked like.
19 months ago.
Sonja has replied to Ron Hanko
Oh, the original stuff is also comperably well preserved, one of the best preserved sets of dishes from the smooth Rheinzabern slipcast ware, partially with an elaborate barbotine relief deco, so fine, smooth and lustrous without glazing it almost reminds of asian Yixing clay pots but the form.

At the stage they found it locals wondered if there was a corpse missing that was originally burried with so much nice tableware in one place in the ground.
Later archeologists proposed it was a cult meal held and the dishes and cups for gods invited where afterwards burried carefully a bit away from the houses. Romans who moved north or romanized offspring of the local nobles who where resettled after a long career in the empire would of course have their dead cremated, not burried with a bunch of filled sunday dishes, as this is not some half romanized tribal oppidum but a well developed villa with all roman amenities from about 200-300 AD....
19 months ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
Great to see the real beauty of their kitchen ware.
19 months ago.
Sonja has replied to Jeff Farley
Oh, that was just clay meant for serving the masters table. In earlier centuries, metal was much prefered there, but as Terra Sigilata or Samian Ware was invented it became all the rage. In part the barbotine ornaments where the same used in embossed sheet metal wares and it could get mixed and matched well. It was pure luxury, something to show off at dinner with the neighbor.

Roman regular kitchen ceramics was different, much reminding of mediterran style flowerpots and the "roman claybaker" sold today, with thick heavy walls from a kneadable earth and on the insides and around the rim richly sand glazed, so sort of cleanly and a much darker red than that unsealed skin coloured outside prone to absorb anything, be it fat, fermented liquids or sudsy water. This kind of stuff requires less art and care in the burning, but much higher temperature in order of the quarzite to melt in.
19 months ago.