Highgate Wood form: HW.12.5 Poppy-head beaker

  • Form: A beaker1028 with simple beaded lip and sinuous rim and shoulder profile, marked by a simple groove. No trace of decoration on the body. If the derivation of the Romano-British poppy-beaker form from the barbotine decorated beakers of the middle and upper Rhine is accepted (as proposed in Tyers 1978), then this vessel should be early in the typological sequence, and is the only Highgate vessel that closely resembles the form of the early Rhineland examples (e.g. Tyers 1978, 93, Fig. 4.9). There is only one example of this type, recovered from the core of the southern kiln dump, but its typology may suggest that it relates to an earlier phase of production.
  • Fabric: HWC
  • Phase: Phase 3.
  • Bibliography: Tyers, P. A., ‘The poppy-head beakers of Britain and their relationship to the barbotine decorated vessels of the Rhineland and Switzerland.’, in P. Arthur, G. D. Marsh (eds.), Early fine wares in Roman Britain, (British Archaeological Reports, 1978), pp. 61–108
Distribution of form 12.5 through phases
3-2_4-iii-a 1028 HWC