Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Keay 8A

Distinctive Features

This amphora type is quite separate from the Keay 8B (apart from a vague morphological similarity of the rim). According to Murialdo (1988), this amphora is rather a late development of the amphora Keay type 61. The upper part of Keay 8A is described by Keay (1984) as having "a tall cylindrical neck with a straight sided rim; this had a characteristic curled lip and a marked junction with the neck. The handles have a compressed elliptical profile". The body is wide and cylindrical, terminated by a conical foot with a ring-shaped bulge and a pointed bottom (Bonifay, 2004).
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Date Range

Second half of the seventh century AD.
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Production seems to be attested to in the Sahel region at Leptiminus (Dore, 2001).
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This type is distributed in small quantities in the western Mediterranean (Catalunya, south of France, Liguria, Rome). It is particularly well represented at Tarragona (Macias & Remolà, 2000), Marseille (Bonifay & Piéri, 1995), the Saint-Gervais 2 wreck (Jézégou, 1998), Pieve el Finale and Sant’Antonino di Perti (Murialdo, 1988; Murialdo, 2001). A few examples are also recorded in the eastern Mediterranean at Chios (Bonifay, 2004).
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Unknown. Some examples are pitched. Fish sauce or wine?
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay

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