Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

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Keay 57

Distinctive Features

This type was first identified by Almagro in the Estruch cemeteries at Empúries (1955: 319, Fig. 303). Keay subdivides this type into three variants, but the majority are variant B. It comprises "a cylindrical body (-) tapering inwards to a narrow base with a stubby cylindrical foot (-) Having a tightly curved shoulder, the neck was tall with inverted sides, while the rim had a pronounced convex outer face and a sharply inclined inner face. The handles had a large ear-shaped profile with elliptical section". More of the examples "usually bore comb decoration" on the neck. For complete examples, consider with caution that chosen by Keay (1984: Fig. 29.8) which is perhaps of another type. See instead those of Fos (Sciallano & Sibella, 1991) and Albenga (Pallarès, 1987: Fig. 11).
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Date Range

Second half of the fifth century AD. Latest date unsure. [5th century AD]


Production is attested in Zeugitana at Nabeul (kiln of Sidi Zahruni) (Ghalia et alli, 2005).
Search: [North Africa] [The Levant]


Wide distribution in western Mediterranean (Spain, southern France and Italy). Attested in the eastern Mediterranean. Numerous examples in Catalunya (Keay, 1984; Remolà, 2000), southern France (Narbonne: Raynaud, 1991: Fig. 3.7; Marseille: Bonifay & Piéri, 1995: Fig. 3.17-8), Liguria (Albenga: Pallarès, 1987: Fig. 11). In the eastern Roman empire, the examples from Tomi (Romania) are noteworthy (Opaiţ, 1997-98).
Search: [Eastern Mediterranean] [France] [Italy] [North West Europe] [Spain] [Western Mediterranean]


Unknown, although olive oil is a possibility.
Search: [Olive Oil]


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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