Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Dressel 9 & 10 similis - Lyon

Dressel 9 & 10 similis - Lyon

Courtesy of Romermuseum Augst
David Peacock

Up to [Forlimpopoli]

Distinctive Features

These two forms are based on familiar Spanish prototypes Dressel 9 and Dressel 10 respectively: The earlier Lyon Type 3A has a rim with a pronounced projection while Type 3B, which succeeded 3A, has a distinctive funnel rim. Both have ovoid bodies and hollow spikes (Desbat, 2003).
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Date Range

Type 3A first appears in the Augustan period and was succeeded by 3B in the second half of the first century AD (Desbat, 2003).
Search: [1st century BC] [1st century AD]


Lyon. Type 3A was made at the workshop of La Muette (Desbat, 1987; 2003). Chemical analysis has shown that both types have a local source (Becker, 1986).
Search: [France] [North West Europe]


France and Switzerland: Lyon, Augst, Vidy, Avenches, Neuss (Desbat, 2003).
Search: [France] [North West Europe] [Switzerland]


Several examples have tituli picti which list the contents as gari flos, muria hispana and garum hispanum (Martin-Kilcher, 1990).
Search: [Fish Sauce]


Principal contributor: David Williams


Dressel 10 similis
Dressel 9 similis
Lyon 3A
Lyon 3B


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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