Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Keay 61C

Distinctive Features

These two types Keay 61C and 62 variation, defined by Keay (1984; 1998) and Bonifay (1986), should be treated jointly, as they are comparable from both a morphological and fabric point of view (Bonifay, 2004).

Type Keay 62 var. (Bonifay, 1986, Fig. 12.55) : This form has a cylindrical, slightly globular body, narrow neck and cup-shaped rim with an inner thickened lip.

Type Keay 61 : This is a taller and more slender amphora, with a narrow neck and a simple almond-shaped everted rim.

Both types have short bowed handles, elliptical in section, and a pulley-shaped foot. Complete examples have been recovered from Marseille (Type Keay 62 var. Bonifay, 1986: Fig. 12.55) and Arles (Type Keay 61C) (Bonifay, 2004).

Minimum height: 105cm (type Keay 62 var. Bonifay, 1986: Fig. 12.55); 111cm (Type Keay 61C)
Minimum width: 35cm (type Keay 62 var. Bonifay, 1986: Fig. 12.55); 37cm (Type Keay 61C)
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Date Range

End of the sixth to the first half of the seventh centuries AD.
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Production is attested to in the Sullecthum region (workshop of Ksour Essaf-Henchir Ech-Chekaf) (Peacock et alii, 1989; Bonifay, 2004).
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Distributed in small quantities in the western Mediterranean (Catalunya, south of France, Liguria). Cartagena (Reynolds, 1995; Ramallo Asensio et alii, 1996), Catalunya (Keay, 1984; Remolà, 2000), Marseille (Bonifay, 1986; Bonifay & Piéri, 1995; Bien, 2005) and Sant’Antonino di Perti (Murialdo, 2001).
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Unknown. Capacity around 58 litres
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


Keay 62 variant

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