Potsherd: Atlas of Roman Pottery

Dressel 20 amphoras and allied types

A large globular amphora with substantial cylindrical handles and a prominent beaded or angular rim in a characteristic granular fabric, produced in the Spanish province of Baetica from the 1st to 3rd centuries and exported in very large numbers around the western Mediterranean and across the north-west provinces.

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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Distribution of Dressel 20 amphoras and allied types in Britain
Roman Pottery in Britain (Tyers 1996)
  • Fabric code: DR20 (p.87)
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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: BAT AM 2 (Baetican (Late) amphorae 2, p.85).
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Worcestershire ceramics online database
(Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service)
  • Fabric no. 42.1 (Dressel 20 type amphora)
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DICOCER: Dictionnaire des Céramiques Antiques
(Py, ed 1993)
  • Fabric code: A-BET [PDF] (Amphores de Bétique)
Pages may include descriptions of related types (text in French).
Museum of London ceramics catalogue
(Museum of London) Catalogue includes some images, but may include vessels of other types.
URL: http://potsherd.net/atlas/Ware/DR20 • © Text 1996, 2014: Layout 2012, 2014. Some images may be linked to other web sites.