Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Africana 2B Pseudo-Tripolitanian

Distinctive Features

This is a fairly large cylindrical amphora. The rim is gently everted with an "S" section reminiscent of the typical rim treatment of Tripolitanian amphorae. The neck is tall and cylindrical, and the ear shaped handles are very pronounced. The body is broad, the lower section gently widened and terminates in a heavy, solid spike. There are no known stamps.
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Third century AD ?
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The internal Sahel region of central Tunisia, in the Roman province of Byzacena, on the basis of the sebkhra Sidi el-Hani 40 km survey, to the north-west of El Jem (Peacock et al., 1989).
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It is not widely distributed outside Tunisia. One example is known at Tarragona in eastern Spain (Keay, 1984: Type 5bis).
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Possibly olive oil (Bonifay, 2004).
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


Keay 5bis

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