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Dressel 43 amphoras

A cylindrical two-handled amphora with an ovoid body, a neck with a bulging profile and peaked handles. Produced in Crete (GR) and distributed around the Mediterranean and sporadically across the north-west provinces during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.

Illustration from Dressel's typology
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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Fabric and technology

Fine textured light brown fabrics.


Ovoid body tapering to short spike and long neck with a bulging profile; long single rod handles with distinctive sharp peaks.


1st and 2nd c. AD.




Around the Mediterranean, with a scatter across Gaul, the Rhineland and Britain.


Augst class 7.


Discussion in Panella 1986, 615; Empereur, Markoulaki and Marangou 1989; Empereur, Kritzas and Marangou 1991; Martin-Kilcher 1994, 350, 550 (distribution map).


Empereur, Kritzas and Marangou 1991. Empereur, J. Y., Kritzas, Ch. and Marangou, A., ‘Recherches sur les amphores crétoises II: Les centres de fabrication d’amphores en Crète centrale’, BCH, 115, (1991), pp. 49-523.

Empereur, Markoulaki and Marangou 1989. Empereur, J. Y., Markoulaki, S. and Marangou, A., ‘Recherches sur les centres de fabrication d’amphores de Crète occidentale’, BCH, 113, (1989), pp. 551-80.

Martin-Kilcher 1994. Martin-Kilcher, S., Die römischen Amphoren aus Augst und Kaiseraugst. Ein Beitrag zur römischen Handels- und Kulturgeschichte. 2, Die Amphoren für Wein, Fischsauce, Südfrüchte (Gruppen 2-24) und Gesamtauswertung, Forschungen in Augst, 7, Römermuseum, Augst, (1994).

Panella 1986. Panella, C., ‘Oriente et Occidente: considerazioni su alcune anfore ’egee’ di età imperiale a Ostia’ in Recherches sur les amphores grecques, ed. J. Y. Empereur and Y. Garlan, BCHsuppl, 13, Paris, (1986), pp. 609-36.

Distribution of Dressel 43 amphoras in Britain
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