Excavations over a period of eight years uncovered at least ten pottery kilns, waster heaps, ditches and pits, but only a few definite structures. The pottery from the site indicates a period of operation extending from the first half of the 1st century AD to the later 2nd century.

From: A E Brown and H L Sheldon. The Roman Pottery Manufacturing Site in Highgate Wood: Excavations 1966-78 2018. Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 43.

Available both in print and Open Access (PDF) from Archaeopress.

The Highgate pottery type series

The Highgate monograph catalogues the pottery from the site in the groups defined by the sequence of activity on the site (Brown & Sheldon 2018: 8–56, 107–264), and describes the full range of pottery types associated with the kilns and other features on the site.

This website takes the same pottery illustrations, but rearranges them by their typological category rather than their archaeological context. This allows the full spectrum of Highgate pottery forms across all phases of the site to be compared, and parallels for vessels of possible Highgate origin from domestic sites can be identified.

The Highgate type series is a simple numbered series, divided into broad form catagories (bead-rim jars, necked jars, beakers, bowls etc). The main entry point is the Summary of types series page, from where it is possible to display all examples of a type, and sort these by phase and fabric.

The excavated features and the phasing and chronology on the site, and the character of the Highgate fabrics, are described in detail in the published monograph (Brown & Sheldon 2018: 8–56, 83–264, 294–322) and are not repeated here.


Brown, A.E. & H.L. Sheldon. 2018. The Roman Pottery Manufacturing Site in Highgate Wood: Excavations 1966-78. Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 43. Oxford: Archaeopress Archaeology.