Potsherd: Atlas of Roman Pottery

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Dressel 1 amphoras

A tall cylindrical amphora with angular shoulders, long straight handles and a collar rim. This form is the most important Italian wine amphora of the late Republican period, with a wide distribution around the Mediterranean (with many examples from shipwrecks) and across the north-west provinces.

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Dressel 1A amphoras

A tall cylindrical amphora with angular shoulders, long straight handles and a collar rim with angular profile. The earlier variety of the Dressel 1 (DR1) group, and relatively rare in Britain.

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Dressel 1B amphoras

A tall cylindrical amphora with angular shoulders, long straight handles and a collar rim with cylindrical profile. The later variety of the Dressel 1 (DR1) group.

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Dressel 2-4 amphoras

A tall cylindrical amphora with angular shoulders, characteristic bifid handles and a beaded rim. This is the most important wine amphora of the early imperial period, both produced in many regions (notably Italy, Gaul, Spain and the Eastern Mediterranean, but also southern Britain) and exported widely.

Amphoras0100
Italian black eggshell ware

Thin fine black wares, particularly beakers and cups, probably from Northern Italy. 1st century AD.

Fine wares00
Italian mortaria

Mortaria manufactured in central Italy during 1st and 2nd centuries AD, with wide distribution around western Mediterranean; also Gaul, Rhineland and southern Britain

Mortaria40160
Italian-type (Arretine) sigillata

Classic terra sigillata (`arretine') production commenced at Arezzo (Toscana/IT) during the early Augustan period. Additional workshops were set up in Italy, at Pisa (IT) and elsewhere, and also in southern Gaul, particularly at Lyon (Rhône/FR). Study of stamps and moulds suggests the movement of potters between workshops.

Terra Sigillata-2030
Mid-Roman Campanian amphoras

A cylindrical two-handled amphora with oval-section handles and an almond-shaped rim. The class (only recently recognized) was produced in Italy and has been recorded in gaul and Britain. 3rd century AD.

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Pompeian-Red ware fabric 1

Platters (and accompanying lids) in a coarse red-brown fabric tempered with black sand, with a red-slip on the inner surface, produced in Campania (IT) and widely distributed around the Mediterranean and across the north-west provinces during the 1st century AD.

Coarse wares4080
Pompeian-Red ware fabric 2

Platters (and accompanying lids) in a coarse micaceous ware with red-slipped internal surface, distributed around the Mediterranean and across the north-west provinces during the 1st century AD.

Coarse wares4080
Richborough 527 amphoras

A short cylindrical amphora with small handled and an almond-shaped rim with coarse rilling on the outer body, in a distinctive ware with a greenish tinge and abundant inclusions of volcanic glass. Produced in the Eolian Islands (near Sicily/IT) and distributed around the western Mediterreanean and across the north-west provinces during the 1st to 3rd centuries AD.

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