||Groupe Archéologique de Tournus
||Tournus provide one of the most useful
sequences of Late La Tène pottery from the Saône valley.
There are published reports on the Campanian ware
(Morel and Perrin 1976),
and the coarse pottery
Vaussanvin 1985, 124-5).
The sites of
Champsenard and Sept-Fontaines at Tournus
span the first century BC.
Champsenard is the earlier and the
pottery include a little Campanian A of the common
Lamboglia forms 27 and 6 or 36,
and an enormous number
of Dressel 1a amphoras.
The later site,
has an equally impressive quantity of Dressel 1b amphoras --
about 300 --
Campanian B of forms 5/7,
1 and 2 or 3
and painted pottery of the `vase balustre' type.
Occupation apparently ceases before the appearance of terra sigillata,
which might suggest a
terminus ante quem
in the second decade BC.
The chronology of the two sites
is summarised by
Vaussanvin (1985, 122, figs.3-4)
who suggests that Champsenard
covers the period from before 100 BC to the 50s BC,
and overlaps with the first phases at
There are two vessels,
both from Champsenard,
which Perrin distinguishes from the other
Tournus material because of their differing fabric.
The first of these
(Perrin 1976, Pl.2,8; from Champsenard phase III)
is a large jar of our class 1
with a single band of incised decoration along the shoulder,
apparently in TF1.
(Perrin 1976, Pl.4,1; Champsenard phase II)
is rather large
and has a band of finger-impressed decoration on the
above a row of simple incised decoration.
The fabric is very coarse and micaceous,
perhaps a variant of TF1 but rather atypical.
The context of
these vessels probably dates them to
the first half of the first century BC.
||Perrin 1976, Pl.2,8 Pl.4,1
||TF1 Granite tempered - from visual examination
Location map : Tournus
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