Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Keay 55

Distinctive Features

This amphora was first recognised by Almagro (1955: 115). It features a tall cylindrical body with a gently curved shoulder and cylindrical neck. According to Keay (1984), the upper part of the neck features bands of horizontal incised comb decoration. "The rim is a vertical continuation of the neck with a bevelled inner edge and a characteristic ledge running around the inside . The handles are ear-shaped in profile and elliptical in section. The foot probably took the form of a short, stubby button, rather than the elongated tubular foot published by Keay (1984: Fig. 31.2).
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Date Range

End of the fifth to the first half of the sixth century AD
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Production is attested to in Zeugitana at Nabeul (kiln of Sidi Zahruni) (Ghalia et alii, 2005).
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Broad distribution in the western Mediterranean (Spain, south of France, Italy) and attested in the eastern Mediterranean. See especially the examples of Catalunya (Keay, 1984; Remolà, 2000) Marseille (Bonifay & Piéri, 1995) and La Palud wreck (Long & Volpe, 1998). In the eastern Mediterranean, several examples come from Tomi (Romania) (Opaiţ, 1997-98).
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Unknown, although olive oil is a possibility. Capacity is around 67 litres.
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


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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