Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Ancient Tripolitanian Amphora

Distinctive Features

One of the earlier African amphorae of Graeco-Roman type (Empereur & Hesnard, 1987).This form represents perhaps the typological link between the amphorae of van der Werff Type 3 and Tripolitanian 1. The association of this amphora form with Dressel’s Type 26 is not certain. It is a small sized and wide-bodied amphora, with a triangular rim in section, slightly moulded on the external face. There are short rounded handles attached on the hour-glass profiled neck. The bottom is short and button shaped.
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From the middle of the second to the end of the first century BC.
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Tripolitania, although there is no firm archaeological evidence for this.
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Well distributed in the western Mediterranean (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Spain, south of France, Italy). Also attested to in the eastern Mediterranean (one example from Petra), see the map in Pascual Berlanga & Ribera y Lacomba (2002).
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Olive oil
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


Dressel 26


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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