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Aoste mortaria

Mortaria manufactured at Aoste (Isère/FR) during 1st century AD; most common in western Switzerland and Rhône valley, but small numbers throughout Gaul, the Rhineland and Britain.

Fabric and technology

Hard, smooth, fine-textured cream-coloured (10YR 8/2 to 5Y 8/2) fabric with conchoidal fracture; abundant fine quartz and white limestone and sparse red and black particles and mica. Gritted with abundant milky quartz on lower internal surface. Wheel-thrown.


Mortaria. Most characteristic form has relatively small diameter, deep thin curving flange, and finely moulded spout, Gillam 236, but other hooked flange forms also produced.


Stamped across the flange. Three potters are known: G. Atisius Gratus, G. Atisius Sabinus and L. Atisius Secundus.


AD 50-85.


Aoste (Isère).


Most abundant in the Saône valley, Isère and western Switzerland. A scatter along the Rhône valley, the Rhineland, through western and northern France; occasional in Britain.


Cirencester fabric 69. Exeter mortarium fabric FC22. Gloucester fabric TF9Z. JRPS bibliography fabric aom. Sheepen mortarium fabric 18. Usk mortarium fabric 7.


Hartley 1973, 46; for the kiln site: Laroche 1987.


Hartley 1973. Hartley, K. F., ‘The marketing and distribution of mortaria’ in Current research in Romano-British coarse pottery: papers given at a C.B.A. Conference held at New College, Oxford, March 24 to 26, 1972, ed. A. Detsicas, Research reports/Council for British Archaeology, 10, Council for British Archaeology, London, (1973), pp. 35-91.

Laroche 1987. Laroche, C., ‘Aoste (Isère). Un centre de production de céramiques. Fin du Ier siècle avant J.-C. - fin du Ier siècle après J.-C. Fouilles récentes, 1983-1984’, RANarb, 20, (1987), pp. 281-348.

Distribution of Aoste mortaria in Britain
Roman Pottery in Britain (Tyers 1996)
  • Fabric code: AOMO (p.117)
Thumbnail images (click for higher resolution):
National Roman Fabric Reference Collection
(Dore & Tomber 1998, Museum of London Archaeology Service Monograph 2)
  • Fabric code: AOI WH (Aoste, Isère White ware, p.67).
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La céramique romaine en Gaule du Nord
(Brulet, Vilvorder and Delage 2010)
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Aoste mortaria
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