Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Hammamet 1

Distinctive Features

This form of this type derives from a Punic tradition, possibly the Van der Werff 1 (Dressel 18). It was first noted at the end of the 1990’s on several sites around the northern Hammamet Gulf (Bonifay, 2004a). It is a tall amphora with small ribbed handles, oval or bean-shaped in section, attached on the shoulder. The rim is characterised by a flaring profile modelled on the underside, very similar to the Punic type Van der Werff 1. The neck is tall and cylindrical and the body is also cylindrical, leading to a hollow cylindrical foot. Five variants (A-E) have been noted (Bonifay, 2004).
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Date Range

Second to the beginning of the third centuries AD.
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Northern Hammamet Gulf. Traces of production have been found in the suburb of the Roman city of Pupput.
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Mainly distributed around the northern Hammamet Gulf (Pupput, Sidi Jdidi, Nabeul) ; a few examples have been found in Italy (Ostia, Rome, Luni, perhaps Herculaneum) (Bonifay, 2004a).
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Unknown. It may have carried wine or fish-sauce (Bonifay, 2004b), but olive-oil cannot be excluded, as variant E is present on the hill of predominately Dressel 20 amphorae at Monte Testaccio, which would imply that it carried the latter product. Capacity is around 50-60 litres but 80 litres from variant E.
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


The following link will take you to the Centro para el Estudio de la Interdependencia Provincial en la Antiguedad Clásica CEIPAC database. In the CEIPAC system this amphora has the ID KE51+BYZ. Note: access to CEIPAC requires registration, which is possible via