Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Distinctive Features

This type has a flat-bottomed form with a body shaped very much like a "top". It has a high neck with a small everted rim, handles going from the top of the neck to the rounded shoulders (Panella, 1989).

The Formlimpopoli and Empoli amphorae are comparable types.
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Date Range

From the Tiberian-Claudian period and the end of the second century AD (Panella, 1989: Martin, 1999; Rizzo 2003).
Search: [1st century AD] [2nd century AD]


The first production centre was found at Spello, Umbria, but the wide variety of fabrics suggest other centres throughout inland central Tyrrhenian Italy, focusing on the Tiber valley (Cherubini & Del Rio, 1997; Martin, 1999; Patterson et alii, 2005). More specifically, kilns have been found in the ager pisanus and northern part of the ager Volaterranus, across Etruria and in the Sabina.
Search: [Italy] [North West Europe]


Widely distributed across southern Etruria and the Tiber Valley, especially Rome and Ostia (Patterson et alii, 2005; Rizzo 2003).
Search: [Italy] [North West Europe]


Wine seems to be the principal content.
Search: [Olive Oil] [Wine]


Principal contributors: David Williams and Simon Keay

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