Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Gauloise 3

Gauloise 3

Courtesy of Musée Romain d'Avenches
David Williams

Distinctive Features

This is an amphora with flat ringed base. The rim is made by turning the clay back on itself with a double external eversion; the upper part is rounded; a circle of relief is at the level of the upper attachment of the handles and the junction of neck and rim. The body is ovoid in shape and the handles have a central groove (Laubenheimer, 1985).

Maximum height: 64.5 cm from examples from Gallia Narbonensis

Maximum width: 35.5 cm from examples from Gallia Narbonensis

Minimum rim diameter: 13,2 cm from an example at Sens
Maximum rim diameter: 14 cm from examples from Gallia Narbonensis
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Date Range

First century AD (Widemann et al., 1978).
Search: [1st century AD]


A number of workshops are known in Gallia Narbonensis: Corneilhan (Hérault, Laubenheimer, 1985), Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône: Bertucchi, 1992: Fig. 55(Bertucchi 7A)), Ponteilla (Pyrénées Orientales). It was also made outside this region at Chartres ( Eure-et-Loir, Sellès, 2001: 149-151), Noyon (Oise, Laubenheimer, 2003), Châlon-sur-Saône (Saône-et-Loire, Olmer, 1996), Sens (Yonne & Laubenheimer, 2003) and in the Bordeaux region (Berthault, 1992: Fig.2).
Search: [France] [North West Europe]


A regional distribution for this form produced outside Gallia Narbonensis (Remesal Rodríguez and Revilla, 1991). The Narbonnensian type has a distribution both within the region and outside, but the latter is sporadic.
Search: [France] [North Africa]


Amineum wine, from two tituli picti from Fos-sur-Mer (Laubenheimer, 2004: 163).

Capacity: 29 to 30 litres for the Corneilhan type which is smaller than those found in Sens or at Châlon.
Search: [Wine]


Principal contributor: Fanette Laubenheimer


Augst 11
Bertucchi 7A
Peacock & Williams 29


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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