Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Gauloise 14

Up to [Dressel 20]
others in this subgroup [Dressel 20 similis - Oliva 3]

Distinctive Features

This is a globular-shaped amphora with a basal wart, the whole shape and size resembling the Type Dressel 20. The rim is everted and can have a lid seating on its internal face. The external face is more or less overhanging. It sometimes carries a hollow circle. The handles are oval in section and are made by rolling the clay on itself. The neck curves gently outwards and the body is sometimes slightly oval but is more often spherical (Baudoux et alii, 1998).
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Date Range

Second half of the second to the first half of the third centuries AD.
Search: [2nd century AD] [3rd century AD]


Rhine limes, Germany

Two workshops have been characterised by physical and chemical analysis at Brumath (Bas-Rhin) and at Rheinzabern (Palatinat). Another was assumed to be at Waiblingen-Beinstein (Bade-Wurtemberg) and other groups of production have also been defined (Bocquet, 1995; Baudoux et alii, 1998). Elswhere, in the region of Mayence, where there are many pottery workshops, the comparison between their composition with those of the bricks and stamped tiles allows seven centres of production to be distinguished at Rheinzabern, Worms, Hedderneim and Winterbach close to Bad Kreuznach. The other groups have not been located (Bocquet, 1995; Ehmig, 2003).
Search: [France] [Germany] [North West Europe]


Regional distribution in east Gaul and Germany around the limes.
Search: [France] [Germany] [North West Europe]


Unknown, but nut oil (Laubenheimer, 2000) and beer (Ehmig, 2003) have been suggested.
Search: [Nuts]


Principal contributor: Fanette Laubenheimer


Dressel 20 similis

Terres d’Amphores

Terres d’Amphores
The above link will take you to the new digital database of amphora types and fabrics from Gaulish production centres, 1st - 3rd century A.D. (Maison Archéologie & Ethnologie, René-Ginouvès).