Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Africana 3B

Distinctive Features

Classed as 'contenitori cilindrici della tarda età imperiale' (cylindrical containers of the late Imperial period: Manacorda, 1977a: 171ff.), these fall typologically between the amphorae of the Africana Grande series and the larger cylindrical African amphorae of the later fifth/sixth centuries. Keay distinguishes 30 variations (for full details see Keay, 1984: 184-212), but gathers together the most common ones (variants A-V) in three main sub-types.

The third sub-type is characterised by a simply thickened and bent rim. The neck is conical and very elongated, while the attached handles are tall, ear shaped and elliptical in section. The amphora has a cylindrical body with narrow base terminating in an elongated cylindrical, gently pointed, spike.

Stamps seem to be rare. There is at least one case of epigraphic stamp: three incised letters (tria nomina?) on the neck from Tarragona (Remolà, 2000).
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Date Range

Fourth century AD
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Produced at Nabeul and probably in other parts of Tunisia (Bonifay, 2004).
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Distributed in the western Mediterranean, in Catalunya, south of France and Italy. There are numerous examples at Carthage (Panella, 1982; Freed, 1995) and in Catalunya (Keay, 1984; Remolà, 2000).
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Unknown, but perhaps wine, but fish sauce cannot be excluded (Bonifay, 2003).
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


Keay 25.3