A stack of unused Roman ‘samian' pottery
Archaeologists found these Roman pots during an excavation at 1 Poultry.
They are a type of red pottery called Samian ware.
Samian ware was expensive pottery, which only wealthier people could
afford. It was made in Gaul. A merchant imported these bowls to Londinium
and sold them in his shop.
This merchant lost his stock when Boudica's army burned his shop down in
AD60. Archaeologists found evidence of other expensive goods, such as
Gaulish green glazed pottery, spoons, beads and imported spices. There must
have been wealthy people living in Londinium if a merchant could sell
things like this.