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

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Site name Tournus
location FR 71-Saône-et-Loire
museum Groupe Archéologique de Tournus
Typology Class 1
Description 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), amphoras (Perrin 1977) and the coarse pottery (Perrin 1976; summarised in 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, Sept-Fontaines, 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 Sept-Fontaines.

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. The second (Perrin 1976, Pl.4,1; Champsenard phase II) is rather large and has a band of finger-impressed decoration on the shoulder cordon, 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.

Ferdière 1972
Bibliography Perrin 1976, Pl.2,8 Pl.4,1
Fabrics(s) TF1 Granite tempered - from visual examination
Location map : Tournus
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