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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 pages 113
986 Mahin, A, 'L'Ardenne gallo-romaine dans la Province de
Luxembourg', Documents d Archéol Réglonale, T. 3, 1990,
(Univ. de Louvain-la-Neuve), 38-57.
tsg/occ (local)/tng/gab/lcl/mf
This is a fairly short general résumé of Roman-period archaeology in the Belgian province of Ardenne. In terms of pottery, it presents a total of eight grave groups from seven different sites, apparently mostly 1st or 2nd century. The illustrated vessels are not individually described, but include terra nigra and samian platters, and dishes, flagons, cooking pots, and colour-coated beakers (one bag-shaped, one pseudo-pentice-moulded and one globular).

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 page 145
1188  Bocquet, A, Laduron, D, Vilvorder, F & Brulet, R, 'Caractérisation pétrographique, minéralogique et géochimique de céramiques engobées gallo-romaines des sites de Braives et de Liberchies (Belgique)', SFECAG, Actes du Congrès de Cognac, 1991, 415-423. syn,chm,exc/set/2nd-3rd/---
This is the first of two papers by the same authors concerned with chemical analyses of fine wares from sites in south-central Belgium (an entry for the second, in SFECAG, Actes du Congrès de Toumai, 1992, will appear in JRPS 6). The scientific methods used are petrological, using thin sections, and chemical, using electronic microsound. This paper concentrates mainly on fabrics: five fabrics were defined visually, two with brilliant, metallic finishes and three with matt finishes, the former pair having red or white fabric, respectively, the latter three having red, grey or white fabric, respectively. The vessels in question are roughcast, cornice-rimmed 'bag-shaped' beakers, rouletted plain-rimmed 'bag-shaped' beakers, and necked globular beakers, similar to Rhenish beakers from Trier, but probably of more local origin. A number of diagrams and tables illustrate the results, which mainly show that the visible distinctions correspond with petrological and chemical distinctions. In other words, the scientific methods were successful: It is only in the following year's paper, which takes a greater interest in forms, that the application of the techniques begins to illustrate unforeseen results, but obviously this paper represents a necessary stage in the development of the techniques. Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 page 146
1193   Brulet, R, Braives Gallo-Romain: IV. La Zone Centre-Quest, Publications d'Histoire d'Art et d'Archéologie de 1'Université Catholique de Louvain LXXVII, Louvain-la-Neuve, 1990. Includes sections as follows: Brulet, R, 'Les fours de potiers', 33-6; Hus, J-J, 'III. Etude archeomagnetique des fours', 37-48; Vanderhoeven, M, '8. La terre sigillée', 88-117; Vilvorder, F, '9a.I. La céramique engobée', 118-123; Gustin, M, '9a.II. La céramique dorée', 123-4, '9a.III. La céramique à enduit rouge pompéien", 124-7, '9b.I. La céramique à enduit rouge', 127, & '9b.II. La terra nigra', 127-135; Massart, C, '9b.III. La céramique fumée', 136-143; Gustin, M, '9b.IV. La céramique sans couverte', 144-8; Massart, C, '10a. Les cruches', 148-155; Gustin, M, '10b. Les amphores et les dolia', 156-162; Vanderhoeven, A, '10c. Les mortiers', 162-180; Massart, C, '10d. La ceramique rugueuse', 180-196 & '10e. La céramique faite à la main', 196-9; Vilvorder, F, '11. Les matériaux de construction', 199-201; & Brulet, R, 'VI.3. L'officine des potiers de Braives', 221.
obj (figurines, tubular triple lamp)/sts/cts/ets (La Madeleine, 
Sinzig, Trier)/ats/stv/occ/rhn-type/rgh/lyc/mca/ppr/tng/nri/btb
The fourth in the series of Braives volumes (see also JRPS 3, entry nos. 599-601) reports on excavations in the central sector of the town, whose sites consisted of a series trenches mainly to the south side of the Roman road. These revealed relatively few well-defined structures, although the latter did include a cellar and four kilns. The kilns were the subject of an archaeomagnetic study whose results are reported upon in detail. The bulk of the report, however, is devoted to the finds, with some 112 pages on the Roman pottery. Like the preceding volumes, however, it is only a catalogue, with virtually no discussion of the significance of the finds, and relatively few indications of the origins of imported wares. The only exception is the treatment of the samian, for which numerous comparative references are given, and which merits a page of concluding discussion and a quantification table. The lack of synthesis is perhaps most notable with regard to the mortaria, with no fewer than 146 illustrated profiles and 14 stamps, accompanied only by remarkably repetitive descriptions of the fabrics and colours. The writers of the first four volumes are clearly capable of making interesting comments on their respective specialities - see entry no. 1188, above. It is to be hoped that they will be kept together long enough to complete a last volume which is a comprehensive discussion of the Roman pottery and other finds found at Braives. Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 pages 150-151
1222   Laubenheimer, F, (ed), Les amphores en Gaule: Production et circulation. Centre de Recherches d'Histoire Ancienne, 116, CNRS, Paris, 1992. See also entry no. 1223.
aga/aae/cta/ait/ako/aly/asg/amp (Dr 1, Dr 9 similis, Dr 16, Dr 20 similis, Dr 43, Gauloise 12 - furrow-rimmed, Mas sal iete, )/r527/stv
This is a collection of twenty-one papers presented at a Round Table held at Metz on October 4th-6th, 1990. These probably all deserve separate Bibliography entries, but for JRPS 5 there is space and time only for the following summary of titles (with the exception of the paper by A P Fitzpatrick, which we include as entry no. 1223): The volume is divided into three sections, entitled 'Production, new evidence', "The distribution of amphorae', and 'Databanks and analyses', and the first two of these are followed by sections of general debate (tape-recorded at the meeting), on pp 113-5 and 207-218, respectively. A number of the individual papers are also followed by transcripts of the discussions which followed their presentation. Laubenheimer, F, with Gébara, C & Béraud, I, 'Production d'amphores a Fréjus', 15-24. With an appendix by M Picon. See also entry no. 1220, and the second paper by the same authors in the same volume, below. A considerable range of types was produced at Fréjus, including a Dr 16 found at Winchester Palace in London, with painted inscription indicating that it contained wine (Liquamen Excellens) from Antibes - but the analyses by M Picon show the vessel was probably made at Fréjus.
   Meffre, J-C &: p, 'L'atelier augustéen d'amphores et de céramiques de Sainte-Cécile-les Vignes (Vaucluse)', 25-35. Situated between Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine, this site produced imitations of Dr 2-4 and of Pascual 1, and Gauloise 2 and Gauloise 10 amphorae.
Dangréaux, B, Desbat, A, Picon, M & Schmitt, A, 'La production d'amphores à Lyon', 37-50. With an appendix on scientific analyses. This is an updating of JRPS 4, entry no. 958.

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