This red-slip pottery known as “samian” was extremely popular in Roman Britain from the late 1st to early 3rd Century. It was used as smart everyday table ware from villas to Hadrian’s Wall. It was sold in a variety of forms – plates, cups, bowls, mortaria – some plain like this and some ornately decorated. This is a Dragendorff 18/31 plate, a typical mid to late 2nd Century piece. A version of this will appear in the “Medieval Engineers” construction/simulation game.