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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 2, 1989 page 124
371 Bémont, C, 'Fabrications de vases a parois fines I La Graufesenque', Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, Acta XXI/ XXII, 1982, 7-15.
exc/ptp/Neronian/typ (of decorative styles)
A short but useful paper on South Gaulish colour-coated ware made at La Graufesenque, and found in the large pit (La Fosse Malayal) excavated in 1978. This supplements the chapter on these wares by Kevin Greene (Pre-Flavian Fine Wares from Usk, 1979) by showing the variety of patterns which may occur in the moulded decorations.
Location: Musée de Millau / Centre de Fouilles, La Graufesenque
372 Bémont, C, Duval, A, Gautier, J & Lahanier, Ch, 'Lezoux, La Graufesenque et le potier a la rosette', Gallia XL, 239-255.
syn,chm/ptp/late 1st- early 2nd 
A relatively short but detailed analysis of the complicated transition between South and Central Gaulish manufacturing of mould-decorated goblets, supplemented by a useful programme of chemical analysis.
374 Bemont, C & Jacob, J-P, (editors), La terre sigillée gallo-romaine, Documents d 'Archéologie Française, Paris, 1986.
sts/cts/mvs/ets/ats/tsg, etc.
378 Hoffmann, B & Juranek, H, 'Bestatigung der Zusammenhänge von La Graufesenque und Lezoux durch chemische und topferisch/technische Analyse des Abdrucks eines Bildstempels', Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, Acta XXI/XXII, 1982, 79-87.
A figure-stamp (poincon/punch) which was discovered at La Graufesenque in 1972 was found to be identical to a figure found on a Lezoux-made vessel; that the latter vessel was not actually South Gaulish is demonstrated by chemical analysis. Similarly, a figure-stamp found at Rheinzabem is demonstrated by chemical analysis to have been made at Lezoux.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 2, 1989 page 125
380 Jacob, J-P & Leredde, H, 'Un aspect de l'organisation des centres de production céramiques: le mythe du "cartel", Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, Acta XXI/XXII, 1982, 89-94.
syn/ptp, etc./---
A paper on the organisation of pottery production centres, suggesting that even at the largest known centre, La Graufesenque, there was little structure or hierarchy, but rather production was achieved by a collection of independent artisanal units, which shared only the kilns, which may also have had wholly independent owners.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 2, 1989 page 126
*393 Will, E L, 'Abnlichkeiten zwischen Stempeln auf Amphoren und auf arretinschen Gefässen', Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, Acta XXIII/ XXIV, 1984, 9-11.
col/---/2nd-lst C. BC
    'Similarities between stamps on amphoras and stamps on arretine
ware'. A brief paper on some relationships in nomenclature.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 113
590  Bémont, C, 'La Fosse Malayal 1 (La Graufesenque) traitement numérique', Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, Ada XXV/XXVI, 1987, 33 1-342.
The Fosse Malaval, also known as the Fosse de Gallicanus, was a large pit excavated in 1978 at La Graufesenque, which contained roughly 8300 vessels, mostly samian. It was probably filled in less than six months, somewhere between 50 and 60 AD. This paper is a statistical study of some correlations the dimensions within the forms present, in particular the correlations between rim and base diameters, and between vessel height and rim diameter. These correlations demonstrate the remarkable homogeneity which was achieved by La Graufesenque potters, during this peak period of production.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 119
633  Hermet, F, La Graufesenque (Condatomago): 1. Vases Sigillés -2. Graffites, Laffitte Reprints, Marseille, 1979. In two volumes, one containing text, the other illustrations.
sts/gft/eqp(samian moulds;potters' tools)/kiln furniture
Unfortunately the reprinting of this fundamental volume, first published in 1934, was limited to 500 copies, but it was still to be found in a bookshop in Rodez in 1987, priced at FF440 (roughly 44). It contains a large number of very fine illustrations of South Gaulish figure-types, as well as photographs of the famous graffiti plates and some potters' implements, such as ovolo- roulettes. The discussion is extremely detailed. When are we going to have English translations of the important French and German volumes (since the French seem to be happily translating the comparable German and English works)?

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 106
*944  Bémont, C, Vernhet, A & Beck, F, La Graufesenque. Village de potiers gallo-romains, Ministére de la Culture et de la Communication, 1987.
This is the catalogue of an exhibition of La Graufesenque products which toured various French museums in 1987-9. It includes a summary of excavations and of the main forms produced (with date ranges) along with a useful summary of recent work on 'services' (linked vessel types making up 'sets') and of standardisation of sizes, along with the graffiti (see entry no. 987). Some coarse wares and fine wares are illustrated but the illustrations (some coloured) concentrate on the samian, moulds, poinçons, kilns and kiln furniture. A useful supplement to Vernhet in Jacob & Bémont 1986 (JRPS 2, entry no. 374). At present available from the Museum at Millau (Place du Vieux Marche, 12100 Millau, Aveyron).  
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