Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Gauloise 1

Distinctive Features

This is an amphora with a flat ringed base, a short neck and a thickened everted rim of triangular section of which the upper face is almost horizontal. The handles have one or two grooves and the base of the body is sometimes combed (Laubenheimer, 1985).
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Date Range

First to third centuries AD.
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Gallia Narbonensis, essentially the lower Rhône Valley (right bank) where five workshops using a sandy clay fabric specialised in this type (Laubenheimer, 1985) have been discovered. Another centre of production of the type in a sandy fabric was discovered close to Castres (Tarn; Laubenheimer & Schmitt, forthcoming). In the remainder of France and in Provence, sixteen amphora workshops using a calcareous fabric also made a small number of Gauloise 1 amphorae (Laubenheimer, 1985 ; Laubenheimer & Schmitt, forthcoming)
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A regional distribution in Gallia Narbonensis, notably in the Lower Rhône Valley, the principal zone of production. Very rare examples are found along the Rhine and in Britain and Italy (Remesal Rodríguez & Revilla, 1991).
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Very probably wine, as some of the amphorae are resin coated, but to date no tituli picti have been found.

Capacity varies: average 27 to 31 litres but the minimum is 24 litres and maximum 37 litres (Laubenheimer & Bonnet, 1998).
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Principal contributor: Fanette Laubenheimer


Augst 10
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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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