Black Burnish Cooking Jar, BB2
Black Burnish Cooking Jar, BB2
Black Burnish Cooking Jar, BB2
Black Burnish Cooking Jar, BB2
Black Burnish Cooking Jar, BB2

Black Burnish Cooking Jar, BB2

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Due to their functional nature these wheel thrown cooking pots were produced in large numbers and distributed throughout Roman Britain. They are sometimes termed BB2 wares to differentiate them from similar pots known as BB1, which were hand formed rather than wheel thrown.

The term Black Burnished Ware comes from their distinctive polished and blackened surface often decorated with an incised lattice pattern. The black colouration is caused by the firing technique, which involves starving the kiln of oxygen during the final stages of firing.

Archaeological Significance

 Archaeologically these vessels have great significance as they have provided us with valuable information about the foods eaten during the Roman era. Residue of burnt food has been discovered on the inside of Black burnish ware from Dorset and Silchester, allowing chemical analysis to identify what the Romans had been cooking. Balanced on a metal trivet over a charcoal fire they would have been used to cook foods such as stewed meats, fruits and porridge.


Earthenware, terracotta


Approx. 177 mm tall, 140 mm diameter


This replica Roman pot has been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, inspired by original artefacts.  It has been wood fired in an authentic replica of a Roman Pottery Kiln at Vindolanda Museum, to a temperature of between 800°C & 1000°C, using the same techniques that the original potters would have employed nearly two thousand years ago. This process often results in variations of the surface colour and texture, emulating original Roman Pottery and giving each pot it's unique character.

Health and Safety

As with all of our Museum quality replicas, this piece has been fired to achieve an authentic finish. Like the original it is unglazed and has no modern finishes applied. As a result this pot does not meet modern health and safety standards and, although decorative, I would not recommend that this pot be used for its original purpose.

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