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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 109
591 Bémont, C & Gautier, I, 'Poinçons-matrices de Rheinzabem et de Blickweiler dans la collection Lafaye a Aix-en-Provence', Revise Arch. de l'Est et du Centre-Est Tome XXXVIII, fasc. 1-2, Mélanges offerts à  Marcel Lutz, 1987, 13-22. 
A group of eleven poinçons found in a collection at the Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, had previously been thought to have been first discovered in Bordeaux. But further study of the figures involved, and analyses by thermoluminesce (JG) have confirmed the author's (CB) view that these were figures used at Blickweiler and Rheinzabem. Four sherds and a potter's signature (Floridi) are illustrated.
Location: Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 105
939  Amar, G & Liou, B, 'Les estampilles sur amphores du Golfe de Fos (II)', SFECAG, Actes du Congrés de Lezoux, 1989, 191-207.
ait (Dr 1, 2-4. Lamboglia 2)/aga (Gl, G4))/ass (Dr 20)/ana/stv (amphorae)
An additional 64 amphora stamps completing a corpus begun in Amar, G & Liou, B, 'Les estampilles sur amphores du golfe de Fos', Archaeonautica, Vol. 4, 1984, 145-211. The total numbers of stamps by amphora type are as follows: Dr 1, 66 examples (14.4%), 52 separate stamps; Lamb. 2/Dr 6, 27 exx (5.9%), 25 stamps; Brindisian oil amph., 3 exx (0.6%, 3 stamps; Dr 2-4, 25 exx (5.5%), 22 stamps; Gl & G4, 19 exx (4.1%), 13 stamps; Dr 20, 301 exx (65.6%), 147 stamps; African amph., 9 exx (1.9%), 7 stamps: pascual 1 & Haltern 70, 1 each, plus 9 other separate stamps, not identified. The two papers thus reach a total of 459 examples of 276 different stamps. The Golfe de Fos has proved to be an extremely rich amphora mine, as is shown by the material in the new museum of amphorae at Istres. See also entry no. 983.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 110
968  Giroussens, Ch, 'Les estampilles sur céramiques sigillées de 1'anse Saint-Gervais à Fos-sur-Mer (bouches-du-Rhône)', SFECAG, Actes du Congrés d Orange, 1988, 131-143.
syn/mar/cAD 20-end 1st
sts/stv (samian & "Italian-type" sigillata)
This is a gathering-together of some 364 illustrations of potters' stamps on sigillata found in the course of underwater investigations in the Golfe de Fos. The first 52 stamps (55 examples illustrated) are described as 'Italian', and the remainder (291 stamps, 309 examples illustrated) are described as Gaulish. In general the former group is rather more mixed, and some 'Tardo-Italica' potters are distinguished, but all of the latter group is associated with La Graufesenque with the exception of three early Lezoux potters and one possibly from Montans (none from Banassac, although Banassac Dr 37's are known from the Golfe). To this untrained eye the drawings seem reasonably clear.. .is this too late for the Leeds corpus?
    >Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 112
983  Liou, B & Sciallano, M, 'Le trafic du port antique de Fos dans l' Antiquité: essai devaluation à partir des amphores', SFECAG, Actes du Congrés de Lezoux, 1989, 153-167.
syn/mar/5th BC-7th AD/typ
The Golfe de Fos has proved in the last two or three decades extraordinarily rich in underwater archaeology, which this paper demonstrates is probably not so much because it was particularly dangerous for shipping (to have been the site of so many wrecks), but rather because it was an important port, receiving cargoes from all over the Mediterranean, for an extraordinarily long period of time, more or less throughout classical antiquity. The earliest vessels are the 'Massiliote' amphorae, of the 5th and 4th centuries BC, although these are indeed rare. By far the most common amphora type is the Italian Dressel 1, of the late 2nd to 1st BC, which are succeeded in the 1st century AD by Dr 2-4's, by Gaulish G4's, and in the later Roman period by an exceptionally broad range of amphorae from virtually all the known later sources of amphorae. The paper includes tables and histograms quantifying the numbers of amphorae from the different sources according to the major contents categories of wine, oil and fish sauces, and then according to six chronological periods, and there is a type series of 19 amphora types, mainly from the eastern Mediterranean. This relatively short paper is a advertisement for the wealth of amphorae from Fos, and thereby for the excellent new Musee des Amphores at Istres, which opened in the summer of 1989. Since the material is entirely from shipwrecks, most of the amphorae are complete, including some with bungs still in the necks, and there is a tremendous wealth of epigraphy still visible; there is a Dr 20 on display which has the lot: all of the five different bands of painted inscription (cf Peacock & Williams 1986, 13-14 & fig 5), a potter's stamp, a lid and a bung. The paper also notes that a large wooden barrel was also recently found at Fos, with an inscription, and these are vessels whose role is probably rather under-appreciated.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 page 153
1234  Rivet, L, 'Les critères objectifs de datation ou les surprises de la céramologie', SFECAG, Actes du Congrés de Cognac, 1991, 171-177. One of four papers in a thematic section entitled 'Méthodologie: la chronologie en céramique de la datation relative à la datation absolue': see also entry nos. 1200, 1203 and 1241.
sts/ars/amp (Keay LXII)
This paper approaches problems of dating and residuality in a similar manner to that of entry no. 1200, by presenting a series of 'case studies'. In the first set of examples, from excavations at Place J Formigé at Fréjus, the contents of three rooms, all of which were apparently destroyed in a single conflagration, are described: the reception room and bedroom contained only 1st century samian, while the kitchen contained North African red slip ware, including lids matched to bowls, probably dating to not before the 3rd century. Similar situations are described using material from Aix-en-Provence, illustrations and quantification, but also by logical hypotheses and their contemporary justification.
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