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

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Site name Épône
location FR 78-Ile de France
museum Service archéologique départemental des Yvelines
Description The excavation of two updraught kilns at Epône is reported by Dufaÿ. The principal products seem to be large jars with an out-turned triangular rim, described as dolia, and flagons. These share a red sandy fabric, with the addition of a cream-white slip on the flagons. Two groups of finer wares are also described: plates and beakers in a fine red-slipped ware and moulded-rim jars with a micaceous slip on the rim and shoulder. The latter are wheel-thrown and conform broadly to the form of C262 (Dufaÿ 1989, 36, fig.4, right). If the published illustrations are representative of the output of the Epône potters it seems that most examples have only a single groove on the inside of the rim.

Although it is noted that the fabric of the finer and coarser wares from the kilns appeared similar under the binocular microscope, it is suggested that some further analysis (such a physio-chemical) would be necessary to confirm the latter as local products (ibid.,|35). Sherds of samian and Central Gaulish green-glazed wares from the fill of one of the kilns suggest a date towards the middle of the first century AD for production here.

Ferdière 1972
Bibliography Dufaÿ 1989
Fabrics(s) Insufficient data
Location map : Épône
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