Whiteware flagons is a very common type of Roman ceramics.
At almost every site the remains of these utensils are found. Usually
only fragments remain, although in cemeteries complete flagons may be
found: burial gifts.
Click the mouse on the picture to stop the flagon. This actually is a very nice one.
It also has a text inscribed, probably the name of the owner. This type of graffitti is not
uncommon in military contexts, even samian ware often was fiercely inscribed by the owners who
apparently were afraid that a fellow soldier might pinch the object.
The inside of the flagons often is covered with a thin layer of resin to prevent
the liquid from evaporating. Whiteware flagons probably were mainly used for wine.
In the lower countries many complete flagons were found in several cemeteries near
the city of Nijmegen (Noviomagus). Stuart created a typology for these flagons
which is still in use.