Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Dressel 28

Dressel 28

Courtesy of English Heritage, Richborough Museum
David Peacock

Variants of Dressel 28:

[Dressel 28 similis - Lyon]

Distinctive Features

This type has a pulley-wheel rim and short rounded handles which have one, sometimes two, shallow furrows. There is a well-rounded body ending in a thick foot-ring base. It is sometimes stamped on the neck.
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Date Range

Late Augustan (Tchernia, 1971) to the first half of the second century AD (Carandini & Panella, 1981).
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This type was made in the Guadalquivir valley of Baetica, at such sites as Hospital de las Cinco Llagas (García Vargas, 2000b) and on the coastal strip of the province, such sites as La Venta del Carmen (Bernal Casasola, 1998). It was also manufactured in France, where a kiln producing this amphora type is known at Velaux, Bouches-du-Rhône (Tchernia and Villa, 1977).
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A fairly widespread distribution in the western Roman Empire, from Spain to Britain, France, Germany and Italy (Beltrán, 1970; Panella, 1970; Colls et al., 1977; Ettlinger, 1977).
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Unknown, perhaps wine (García Vargas, 2004).
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Principal contributor: César Carreras


Augst 9
Peacock & Williams 31


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

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).

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