Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Dressel 30 - Keay 1B

Dressel 30 - Keay 1B

Exact form uncertain due to missing rim. Courtesy of Musée Romain d'Avenches
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Distinctive Features

This amphora is characterised by a piriform body, with a knob-like base and a very wide shoulder. As in variant 1A, the neck is very constricted, with a hour-glass shape although the rim differs in having a sheer and gently everted face with triangular profile. The outer face is also characterised by a series of horizontal wavy ridges. The treatment of the handles is similar to that of variant 1A (Keay, 1984). In spite of these similarities, it is not certain that Keay 1B represents an evolution of Keay 1A.
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Date Range

End of the third and fourth centuries AD.
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Unknown but possibly north Africa. No stamps have been found on this form, unlike the Type Keay 1A.
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Larger distribution than Keay 1A in the western Mediterranean: Morocco, Spain (Empúries), south of France (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer wreck, Arles), Italy (Ostia, Rome), Switzerland (Augst), Germany (Trier), England (Holborough).
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Probably wine, as the interior of known types are lined with pitch.
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


Keay 1B


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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