Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Dressel 9

Dressel 9

Courtesy of Musée Archaéologique Intercommunal d’Istres
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Distinctive Features

This type has a bell mouth with a rim which has a concave outer face, sometimes similar to Dressel 7 or Dressel 8 rims; a cylindrical neck generally smaller than Dressel 7 or Dressel 8, flattened handles, sharply bent below the rim and straight to the body; and a piriform or ovoid body which has a long hollow spike ending in a flat bottom (Beltrán Lloris, 1970; Peacock & Williams, 1986).
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Date Range

From the turn of the first century AD to the Flavian period.
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Baetican coast, particularly in the workshops of Cádiz, Málaga and Huelva provinces. It is not easy to identify this form from bodysherds found in surface survey because they can be mistaken with other forms of the same general type.

Workshops in the modern province of Hielva: Pinguele (Bonares) could be a site of production for this form; Workshops in the modern province of Cádiz: Gregorio Marañón (Cádiz), Estella del Marqués, El Torno (Jerez de la Frontera), Buena Vista, Cantarranas, Casa de la Vicuña, Cerro de las Cabezas, La China, Hijuela del Tío Prieto, Molino Platero (El Puerto de Santa María), La Cabaña 2, Cantera de Lavalle I y II, Cerro de Ceuta, Olivar de los Valencianos, Puente Melchor, Villanueva, La Zarza (Puerto Real), Cerro de los Mártires, Gallineras, Centro Atlántida (San Fernando).
Workshops in the modern province of Málaga: Haza Honda.
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Western Roman provinces. Findspots include: Lyon (Rue De La Favorite); Rödgen; Augst; Rome (CastroPraetorio), Ostia (La Longarina), Altino; Cartagena, Mallorca.
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Tituli picti suggests fish sauce (Beltrán Lloris, 1970; Lagóstena, 2004).

gari flos, gari scombri, liquaminis flos, muriae flos, lymphatum vetus and abdomina membratim caesa (CIL. XV, 4690, 4699, 4698, 4715, 4721, 4736 and 4782 respectively). On vessels of this type found at Port-La-Nautique, the inscriptions mention co(r)d(yla) port(ensis) arg(uta) ve(tus) summaur and lump(a) ve(tus) (Liou, 1993). Amphorae from Cala Rossano (Ventotene) carried lum(pa), while a titulus pictus from Mainz read lymphatum vetus annorum trium.
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Principal contributor: Lazaro Lagóstena


Augst 24


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

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