Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Dressel 17

Dressel 17

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David Williams

Distinctive Features

This amphora is tall and thin with a carrot-shaped body that tapers to a solid spike. The neck is cylindrical leading up to a flared rim. The handles remain fairly close to the neck and tend to peak slightly. They attach below the rim and at the top of the shoulders and are elliptical in section (Garcia Vargas, 1998: Fig 6.3).There is no evidence as yet that this type was ever stamped.
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Date Range

The second half of the first century AD
Search: [1st century AD]


Production has been attested at the kilns of Manganeto (Almayate, Málaga), Puente Melchor (Puerto Real, Cádiz), Villanueva (Cádiz), Olivar de los Valencianos (Cádiz) and La Zarza (Cádiz) (García Vargas, 1998: 104-105)
Search: [North West Europe] [Spain] [Western Mediterranean]


The type is known primarily from production sites in southern Spain, as well as at Rome.


Probably fish sauce.


Principal contributors: David Williams and Simon Keay


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