Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Dressel 30 - Tunisian Variants

Distinctive Features

African imitations of the Gauloise 4 type were produced not only in the Tubusctu region of Mauretania Caesariensis ( Dressel 30 / Keay 1A) but also in various regions of Africa Proconsularis. One such group is well identified in the territory of Neapolis/Nabeul, and is characterised by a "a ring-like rim" with a moulded outer face, a constricted and elongated neck and wide, flat handles with three longitudinal grooves (Bonifay, 2004). Other productions sites are attested to in the north of the Cap Bon and at Salakta (Bonifay, 2004).
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Third and fourth centuries AD.
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Production is attested in the Zeugitana region of Tunisia at Neapolis/Nabeul (Ghalia et alii, 2005) and in the Cap Bon region at El-Assa (Ben Lazreg et alii, 1995) and in the Byzacena region at Salakta (Gibbins, 2001).
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Local diffusion, and only sparsely distributed elsewhere in the western Mediterranean.
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Probably wine.
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay


Ostia 4

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