Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Van der Werff 2

Van der Werff 2

Courtesy of Hotel El Mehdi, Mahdia
David Peacock

Distinctive Features

The general form 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 (1977-78) has reviewed the evidence and divided the form into three categories: his Type 2 has a rim similar to Type 1 but shorter and less flaring. Handles are attached on the upper third part of the body. The body is terminated by a hollow spike. This type corresponds to the Martin-Kilcher (1999) form B and to the Ramón (1995) Type T-7.5.
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Second half of the second to the first centuries BC (Ramón, 1995).
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Production is attested in the Sahel region of Tunisia (Ramón, 1995) and on the Island of Jerba, southern Tunisia (Fentress, 2001).
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A fairly wide distribution in the western Mediterranean (Ramón, 1995, where distribution maps are published). The main sites are: Libya (Sabratha), Tunisia (Mactar, Uzita, El-Maklouba), Italy (Ostia).
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Wine (?) (Fentress, 2001).
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


Maña C2C
Martin-Kilcher B
Ramón T-7.5

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