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Camulodunum type 262, le type Besançon and Central Gaulish granite-tempered ware

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Site name Vaires-sur-Marne
location FR 77-Seine-et-Marne
museum
Typology
Description A most interesting Late La Tène site at Vaires-sur-Marne (Seine-et-Marne; is reported by Bulard and Drouhot (1981). The site lies on the banks of the Marne, some 22 km east of Paris. The ceramics includes a number of Dressel 1a amphoras (ibid., fig.14) and two small cups which are described as `imitations' of the Campanian form B1 (ibid., fig.8, 13-14). There is also a complete jar of class 1 with incised decoration on the shoulder (ibid., fig.10, 1) the fabric is described as containing `... un dégraissant siliceux de gros calibre avec adjonction de fines paillettes de mica jaune'. The reference to `large inclusions' is suggestive and we might speculate that they are in fact feldspars -- perhaps this is an example of TF1. The jar, one of the few complete published examples of class 1, has a diameter at the mouth of 21 cm and is 24 cm in height. Two further vessels are distinguished which have central Gaulish parallels -- tall conical jar necks with burnished wavy-line decoration in fine grey wheel thrown fabrics (ibid., fig.8, 18-19; citing, from Roanne, Bessou 1976, pl.45,1-2).

This rich assemblage, which also includes a fine range of local coarse wares, is convincing evidence for the pre-conquest circulation of moulded-rim jars (and TF1?) in Northern France.

Ferdière 1972
Bibliography Bulard and Drouhot 1981, 359 & fig.10,1
Fabrics(s) TF1 Granite tempered - possibly
Location map : Vaires-sur-Marne
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