C. Early 3rd century
Human faces are often found on Roman pottery and may suggest a religious purpose. Roman head pots have been found in forts, villas, towns, villages, in wells, fields, bathhouses, and graves.
This head pot features a woman with an elaborate hairstyle gathered into a coiled bun. This was a typical Roman hairstyle of the time, possibly copying the fashion set by Julia Domna, the wife of the Emperor Septimius Severus (193 – 211 AD), who was known to have visited Britain. The woman featured is also wearing earrings with distinct eyes and eyebrows. This pot is similar in style to those found in Northern Africa and was one of 48 head pots found in Piercebridge.