Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Dressel 1B similis - Lyon

Distinctive Features

This is a generally similar type to the more common Italian Dressel 1B, with a thick, near vertical collar-rim, a long heavy cylindrical body, long oval-shaped rod-like handles and a solid spike. However, there are some differences in the Lyon copies. The outer profile of the rim tends to be straighter and the interior rim is slightly different also, while the handle has two grooves (Jacquin et alii, 1993).
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Date Range

Between the very beginning and early first century AD.
Search: [1st century BC] [1st century AD]


A kiln is known at Lyon (Desbat, 1987; Jacquin et alii, 1993; Desbat, 2003) and chemical analysis confirms a local source (Becker, 1986).
Search: [France] [North West Europe]


Very common in the western Roman empire (Peacock, 1971; Panella, 1973; Ettlinger, 1977; Deniaux, 1980; Galliou, 1984), and it is clear that this form also reached the eastern Mediterranean region in some quantity (Riley, 1979).
Search: [Eastern Mediterranean] [North West Europe] [Western Mediterranean]


Wine is supposed
Search: [Wine]


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Lyon 1

Terres d’Amphores

Terres d’Amphores
The above link will take you to the new digital database of amphora types and fabrics from Gaulish production centres, 1st - 3rd century A.D. (Maison Archéologie & Ethnologie, René-Ginouvès).

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