Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Keay 8B

Distinctive Features

This amphora type has nothing to do with the Keay 8A, apart from a vague morphological similarity of the rim. It is rather a continuation of the Keay 59 (Bonifay, 2004). The Keay 8B is characterised by a thickened band-shaped rim with a large external groove. The cylindrical neck is tightened at the level of the upper handle attachment and traces of finger impression are visible on the internal face of the neck. The handles are flattened in section and strongly bent in profile. The body is perfectly cylindrical and terminated by an elongated solid foot with a flat bottom.
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Date Range

Second half of the fifth to the first quarter of the sixth centuries AD.
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Southern Byzacena on the basis of the surveys of the Majoura and Lunca (?) workshops (Bonifay, 2004).
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The type is frequent at Carthage but is only found in small quantities in the western Mediterranean (Catalunya, south of France, Liguria) and in the eastern Mediterranean (Egypt, Black sea).
See specially Tarragona (Keay, 1984), Marseille (Bonifay & Piéri, 1998), Albenga (Pallarès, 1987). In Tunisia, examples from Carthage are important (Peacock, 1984a). In the eastern Roman empire, examples from Alexandria are noteworthy (Bonifay & Leffy, 2002), Constantinople (Hayes, 1992) and Tomi (Romania) (Opait, 1997-98).
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No trace of pitch so probably olive oil (Bonifay, 2004).
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay

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