Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Hammamet 2

Distinctive Features

This form of this type derives from a Punic tradition. It was first noted at the end of the 1990’s on several sites around the northern Hammamet Gulf (Bonifay, 2004a). It is a tall amphora with rounded handles attached to the shoulder. On this type the handles have a single deep median groove. It has a thickened rim with five variants from a hocked rim (A) to a squared rim (E). The neck is more conical than is the case with Hammamet 1 and it also has a wider cylindrical body. The foot is cone shaped, hollow on variants A-C, solid on variants D-E.
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Date Range

Middle of the third to the fourth centuries AD (variants A-D). Variant E belongs to the fifth century AD.
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Northern Hammamet Gulf.
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Mainly distributed around the northern Hammamet Gulf (Pupput, Sidi Jdidi, Nabeul) (Bonifay, 2004a).
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Unknown. Perhaps wine or fish-sauce (Bonifay, 2004), but olive oil cannot be excluded. Capacity 80-90 litres but around 125 litres for variant D.
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


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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