Date Made/Found: 43-409 AD
Material and Medium: Glass
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: TARC419
A Roman glass vial found at Templeborough in South Yorkshire. Glass blowing was invented in the 1st century BC and the Romans quickly adopted this technique to make all kinds of vessels. Before this, glass-making in Britain was limited to small items like beads and bangles. Roman glass was made with soda from Mediterranean marine plants or minerals. Some towns in Roman Britain developed a glass-blowing industry; however this glass was made by re-melting broken vessels, known as ‘cullet’. Glass is a very fragile material which easily breaks. It is rare to find complete vessels on archaeological sites in Britain. Museums Sheffield has a rich collection of Roman glass however most of it was found around the Mediterranean and eastern Roman Empire rather than in Britain.
Templeborough fort is the closest major Roman site to Sheffield. The remains of the fort now lie beneath Magna Science Centre but some reconstructed parts of the granary can be seen in the grounds of Clifton Park Museum in Rotherham.