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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.

Illustration from Dressel's typology
Roman Amphoras in Britain
(Tyers 1996: Roman amphoras in Britain. Internet Archaeology 1 Council for British Archaeology. doi:10.11141/ia.1.6)
Roman Amphorae: a digital resource
(University of Southampton, 2005. doi:10.5284/1000021) Pages include details of typology, chronology, distribution, epigraphy and hi-resolution images of thin-sections.
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Terres d'Amphores
Base de données des pâtes d'amphores des ateliers en Gaule, du Ier au IIIe siècle ap. J.-C. (Archéologie de la Gaule et Monde Antique [GAMA], UMR 7041 Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité [ArScAn], Université de Paris, 2013)
Pages include locations of production sites and hi-resolution images of fabrics (text in French or English).
Distribution of Dressel 2-4 amphoras in Britain
Roman Pottery in Britain (Tyers 1996)
  • Fabric code: DR2-4 (p.90)
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National Roman Fabric Reference Collection
(Dore & Tomber 1998, Museum of London Archaeology Service Monograph 2)
  • Fabric code: BAT AM 1 (Baetican (Early) amphorae 1, p.84).
  • Fabric code: CAM AM 1 (Campanian (Black sand) amphorae 1, p.88).
  • Fabric code: CAM AM 2 ((Northern) Campanian amphorae 2, p.89).
  • Fabric code: CAT AM (Catalan amphorae, p.91).
  • Fabric code: ITA AM 2 (Italian? (Feldspathic) amphorae 2, p.98).
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Worcestershire ceramics online database
(Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service)
  • Fabric no. 42.2 (Dressel 2-4 type amphora (Catalan fabric))
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Museum of London ceramics catalogue
(Museum of London) Catalogue includes some images, but may include vessels of other types.
Dressel 2-4 amphoras
URL: http://potsherd.net/atlas/Ware/DR2-4 • © Text 1996, 2014: Layout 2012, 2014. Some images may be linked to other web sites.