Highgate Wood form: HW.27 Strainers and strainer bowls

  • Form: Strainer bowl. There is only a single example of the type on the site, and it is rather fragmentary (1049). The vessel is described in detail by P.R.Sealey on pp.282–286 of the published Highgate report. The basic form is that of a bowl with a hooked rim, similar in overall profile to the standard Highgate bowl, type 13. There is a slight thickening or beading at the lip. A lunate spill-plate forms a broad horizontal flange on the interior of the bowl. This is decorated on the upper surface with a rounded moulding along the inner lip and burnished or lightly incised lines, alternating wavy and straight, running from the outer edge of the bowl to the inner edge of the spill plate. Below the middle of the spill plate the wall of the bowl is pierced by a panel of closely spaced holes, c. 2mm in diameter. The vessel is very fragmentary at this point, but the perforated panel appears to be approximately circular, and is surrounded by traces of the attachment point for a further element of the vessel, which projected out from the wall. This is now lost, but is likely to have been a spout. In addition to this rather unusual vessel, several other sherds from the site have pre-firing piercings in the base or wall (432, 824, 925) and are likely to have been sieves or strainers of various types.
  • Fabric: The strainer bowl 1049 is in a fine HWB fabric with traces of a red surface, similar to some of the finer plates and other forms discussed as types 20-24.
  • Phase: Phase 2 and 3.
Distribution of form 27 through phases
2-3-S-i 432 HWB
3-1-iv-a 824 HWC
3-2_4-ii 925 HWB
3-2_4-iii-a 1049 HWB