Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Van der Werff 1

Van der Werff 1

Variant. Courtesy of Graeco-Roman Museum at Alexandria
Imad Khalil

Distinctive Features

The general type has a long cylindrical body with two small handles on the side and a flaring rim. Maña (1951) distinguished two types, labelled C1 and C2 but van der Werff (1978) has reviewed the evidence and divided the form into three categories: his Form 1 has a widely flaring rim thickened on the underside and sometimes with a pronounced flange on the outer face of the rim. Handles are attached on the upper third part of the body. The tubular foot is elongated and hollow. This type corresponds to the Martin-Kilcher (1999) forms A1-6 and to the Ramón T-7.4 (1995) type.
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Date Range

Predominantly second century BC (Ramón, 1995). There are first century BC late variants (Ramón Type T- There are African (Van der Werff, 1986; Martin-Kilcher, 1999) and non-African products (Ramón, 1995).
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Probably the Carthage region. Late imitations occur around the straits of Gibraltar (Kouass, Banasa, Cádiz).
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Fairly wide distribution in the western Mediterranean centred on Spanish, Portuguese, Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian sites, Form van der Werff 1 being the commonest (Ramón 1995, where distribution maps are published). Main sites are: Carthage, Baelo, Luni and Ostia (Martin-Kilcher, 1999).
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Fish-sauce (?) (Martin-Kilcher, 1999).
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


Cintas 312
Dressel 18
Maña C2B
Martin-Kilcher A1-6
Neo Punic
Peacock & Williams 32
Ramón T-7.4

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