Gilbert Burroughes

Gilbert Burroughes is a British potter, active since the 1950s. He became a specialist in reproducing samian ware.[1][2]

Gilbert Burroughes

He became interested in Roman pottery in late 1952 or early 1953, when he was a teenager. He had found parts of grey coarse ware on his father's farm. He took it to F. J. Watson, the father of a friend who was an amateur archaeologist in Wattisfield, Suffolk. Basil Brown had discovered around twenty Roman kilns in the area earlier in the 20th century. It was meeting Brown that forged Burroughes' interest in archaeology.[3] He worked with Brown, including in a 1961 visit to Glebe Field in Suffolk.[4] Burroughes became a member of Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History's Suffolk Archaeology Field Group.[5]

Burroughes' pottery business, Ambleside, was based in Chediston, Suffolk.[6]

In 1999, he appeared in an episode of the British archaeology television programme Time Team during a visit to Papcastle in Cumbria. He recreated a samian ware bowl from a fragment found on-site.[7]

In November 2009, Burroughes was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.[5]


  1. ^ "Dating and interpreting the past in the western Roman Empire". Retrieved 2022-05-15.
  2. ^ Study Group for Roman Pottery, newsletter 35 (November 2003)
  3. ^ Dating and interpreting the past in the western Roman Empire: Essays in honour of Brenda Dickinson, Oxbow Books (2012), p. 384
  4. ^ "CHD 004 - Glebe Field (Rom) - Suffolk Heritage Explorer". Retrieved 2022-05-15.
  5. ^ a b Saxon newsletter of the Sutton Hoo Society, number 50 (January 2010), p. 11
  6. ^ Foxford, Jake (2019-11-19). "Winter sets in as temperatures plummet to -4C". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2022-05-15.
  7. ^ "Time Team - Gilbert Burroughes Feature - Samian Ware Reproduction - Papcastle - YouTube". Retrieved 2022-05-15.