Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Keay 59

Keay 59

Courtesy of Museo Arqueològic d' Empúries
Simon Keay

Distinctive Features

This amphora seems to be a precursor of the amphora Keay type 8A (Bonifay, 2004). It is characterised by a flanged rim with squared section directly prolonging the tall and cylindrical neck. The latter present a finger impression on his internal face at the upper attachment of the handles, which have a small triangular profile and an elliptical section. The body is perfectly cylindrical, gently rounded at he base, terminating in a filled, cylindrical spike with a flat bottom.
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End of the fourth and first half of the fifth centuries AD.
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Origin seems to be the same as that of the Keay 8B type, production of which is attested to in southern Byzacena, perhaps at Iunca (?) (Bonifay, 2004).
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Distributed in small quantities in the western Mediterranean (Catalunya, southern France and Italy). It is also attested in the eastern Mediterranean (Egypt: unpublished). Most of the complete examples come from Catalunya (Keay, 1984). An example from Arles is well dated in a context of the beginning of the fifth century AD (Congès & Leguilloux, 1991). An example from Rome seems to be late in date (Whitehouse et alii, 1982).
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No trace of a pitch lining. Probably olive oil (Bonifay, 2004).
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay

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