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Mauretanian Dressel 30 amphoras

A flat-based two-handled amphora produced in Algeria and widely distributed around the western Mediterranean and more rarely in the north-west provinces during the 3rd century AD.

Illustration from Dressel's typology
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Two-handled amphora with high, rounded shoulders and narrow foot.


Principally 3rd c. AD.


Mauretania (Algeria). Some specimens bear stamps which mention the province of Mauretania, or more specifically the towns of Tubusuctu (Tiklat) and Saldae.


Around the western Mediterranean, particularly common in Sardinia and western Italy, including at Rome and Ostia. Only a scatter of specimens in Gaul and Britain.


Augst class 14. Keay fabric 6. Keay class I. Peacock and Williams class 38 (Ostia V, Keay I).


Discussion in: Panella 1972; Manacorda 1977, 149ff; Peacock 1977; Naciri et al. 1986; Reynolds 1995, 40-3. Distribution: Riley 1979.


Manacorda 1977. Manacorda, D., ‘Le Anfore’ in Ostia IV, Studi Miscellanei, 23, (1977), pp. 117-254.

Naciri et al. 1986. Naciri, A., Widemann, F. and Sabir, A., ‘Distinction par analyse par activation neutronique des amphores gauloise 4 et de leurs imitations tardives en Maurétanie Césarienne. Les Dressel 30’, AntAfr, 22, (1986), pp. 129-40.

Panella 1972. Panella, C., ‘Annotazioni in margine alle stratigrafie delle terme Ostiensi del nuotatore’ in Recherches sur les amphores romaines, ed. P. Baldacci, G. Kapitän, N. Lamboglia, C. Panella, E. Rodríguez Almeida, B. Sciarra, A. Tchernia and F. Zevi, Collection de l’cole Française de Rome, 10, École Française de Rome, Paris, (1972), pp. 69-106.

Peacock 1977. Peacock, D. P. S., Roman amphorae, typology fabric and origins, 32, Coll de L’Ecole Francais de Rome, (1977), pp. 261-278.

Reynolds 1995. Reynolds, P., Trade in the Western Mediterranean, AD 400-700: The ceramic aevidence, BAR International Series, 604, Tempvs Reparatvm, Oxford, (1995).

Riley 1979. Riley, J. A., ‘The coarse pottery from Benghazi’ in Excavations at Sidi Khrebish, Benghazi (Berenice). II, ed. J. A. Lloyd, Supplements to Libya Antiqua, 5, Department of Antiquities, Tripoli, (1979), pp. 91-497.

Distribution of Mauretanian Dressel 30 amphoras in Britain
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