Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

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Africana 3C

Distinctive Features

Classed as 'contenitori cilindrici della tarda età imperiale' (cylindrical containers of the late Imperial period: Manacorda, 1977a: 171ff.), these fall typologically between the amphorae of the Africana Grande series and the larger cylindrical African amphorae of the later fifth/sixth centuries. Keay distinguishes 30 variations (for full details see Keay, 1984: 184-212), but gathers together the most common ones (variants A-V) in three main sub-types.

The second sub-type is characterised by a rim with a very developed and strongly everted lip (up to 45°). The neck (with very tall handles), the body and the spike are nearly cylindrical. Examples of smaller size are related to the type 1 spatheia.

No stamps are known.
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Date Range

The later variant of Africana 3/Keay 25 dating to between the end of the fourth and first half of the fifth centuries AD.
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Production is attested in many parts of Tunisia, mainly in Zeugitana (Nabeul) and in Byzacena (Sullecthum, Thaenae, Oued El-Akarit), on the basis of surveys of workshops (Peacock et al., 1989; Bonifay, 2004; Ghalia et al., 2005).
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Distributed in the western Mediterranean : Spain, south of France, Italy (Panella, 1982, 2001; Bonifay, 2004). Some examples are known in the eastern Mediterranean. See in particular the Dramont E (Santamaria, 1995) and Dramont F (Joncheray, 1975) wrecks in southern France
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Unknown. Preserved olives were probably transported in the Africana 3C amphorae of the Dramont E wreck (Santamaria, 1995), since olives stones were found inside. However, wine or fish sauce cannot be excluded (Bonifay, 2003). Capacity 15 - 23 litres.
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


Keay 25.2

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