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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 111
978  Lauranceau, N, 'Nouveautés dans la céramique commune: Des engines au régne de Claude', in Aquitania, Suppl. T. 3 (Les Fouilles de "Ma Maison", éludes sur Saintes antique), 1988, 199-227. See also entry nos. 979, 1000 & 1012.
This one of four large reports on the ceramic finds from the site known as "Ma Maison" at Saintes (these, with the site report and other finds reports fill an entire rather dense supplementary volume of Aquitania). The earliest pottery in this section is late Iron Age/very early Roman: there is relatively little hand- made pottery, and there is quite a lot of finely decorated early Gallo-Belgic ware, mostly cylindrical beakers, cups, bowls and flagons. (Our coding system is a long way from being able to cope in detail with the complicated nature of this sort of material). The early part of the report is devoted to a description of the types, followed by a total of 18 histograms showing the percentages of type groupings in a series of dated contexts: this is a very effective way of presenting the quantified data, although it would have been easier to follow if the definitions of the form groupings could somehow have been integrated onto the histograms. The pottery catalogue and illustrations are presented as a type series, however, not in dated groups.
979  Lauranceau, N, 'Les amphores des zones 10 et 11', in
Aquitania, Suppl. T. 3 (Les Fouilles de "Ma Maison", études
sur Saintes antique),
1988, 263-278. See also entry nos. 978,
1000 & 1012.
ait (Dr l)/amp (Lamboglia 7 - Dr 7-11+41), Pascual 1. Dr IB/ass (Dr 20)
The amphora section of the "Ma Maison" report (see entry no. 978). A total of 98 pieces are illustrated, of which more than 90% are variations of Dr 1, IB, Pascual 1 or Lamboglia 7, the last of which designations the author uses in preference to Dr 7-11, apparently in order to include Dr 41 in the classification). There are also 15 stamps, although these are almost all shown on vessels, and therefore mostly over-reduced. The type series is divided into six chronological periods.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 115
1000  Santrot, M-H & J, 'Nouveautés dans la céramique commune:Du milieu du ler siècle après J-C au me siècle', in Aquitania, Suppl. T. 3 (Les Fouilles de "Ma Maison", etudes sur Saintes antique). 1988, 227-261. See also entry nos. 978. 979 & 1012.
exc/mjc/mid 1st-3rd/ggp,typ
tng/pff/dol/ppr/occ ('hairpin' beakers)/rgh/stv (roller-stamped dec.)mrb/tripod bowls/unguentaria
This is the 'Roman-period coarse pottery' section of the large 'Ma Maison' report, although the Gallo-Belgic wares (& samian), early Roman coarse pottery and amphorae are reported on separately (entry nos. 978, 979 and 1012, respectively). Few of the coarse pottery types are likely to have reached Britain, apart from the marbled ware (only one Dr 38 is illustrated), although curiously enough there is a tripod bowl form in grey ware with rouletted decoration (247, no. 129) which this contributor suspects may have reached Colchester (Symonds & Wade forthcoming, GX no. 259; see entry no. 1010). Of most interest, however, is the remarkably detailed approach to quantification, albeit by sherd count,
    with nine pages of tables listing form descriptions and quantities for four well groups, followed by a series of histograms for the same groups plus three others, showing the proportions of the main pottery types. This thus constitutes an important updating of the Santrots' regional type series, Céramiques Communes Gallo-Romaines d'Aquitaine (1979).

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 117
1012 Tilhard, I-L, 'Céramique à vernis noir et sigillée', in Aquitania, Suppl. T. 3 (Les Fouilles de "Ma Maison", éludes sur Saintes antique), 1988, 85-197. See also entry nos. 978, 979 & 1000.
Exc/mjc/lst BC-end 2nd-early 3rd/ggp,typ
cbg/arr/sts (mainly Montans)/cts (early Lezoux)
This is a huge report, considering the relatively small amount of material under consideration. The black-glazed ware consists of 18 sherds from ten vessels; the Italian sigillata consists of a minimum of 214 vessels, determined from the rims present. although this translates into no fewer than 294 illustrated profiles/sections, including bases, plus 101 stamps of which 28 are illustrated twice, once with a section at 1:2, and once without at 1:1. There are also 21 pieces of mould-decorated Italian sigillata, and one 'doubtful' piece of the same, all illustrated (including seven upon which no decoration is visible). The total quantity of Gaulish sigillata is not clearly stated, but 122 stamps are illustrated (121 on plain wares), along with 112 mould-decorated pieces, two vessels with excised decoration, a mortarium with a lion's-head spout and eight profiles/sections of stamped plain ware vessels. The very high proportion of Montans products (80-85% of the stamps, while La Graufesenque accounts for less than 10% and Central Gaul for less than 5%) is of considerable significance. Clearly quantified data was not actually lacking, since fig. 64 is a histogram showing the numbers of rims of plain Gaulish sigillata forms: Dr 15/17 is the most represented form, with c265 examples. The summary on Italian sigillata includes 15 distribution maps for the products of particular potters in Europe, and the results of chemical analyses which show the majority of the analysed pieces to have been products of Pisa, while smaller percentages were from Arezzo, elsewhere in Italy and Lyon. There are also several useful tables at the end of the report, listing the stamps, references, dating, etc. Undoubtedly an important contribution to the study of Italian sigillata, it is fortunate that this report appeared in time for its contents to have been assimilated by the compilers of the Conspectus (entry no. 961, above).

1014 Vernou, Ch, 'Du nouveau sur les céramiques fines augustéenes importées à Saintes (Charente Maritime)', SFECAG, Actes du Congrés d'Orange, 1988, 121-130.
occ (ACO-beakers, & related types)
ACO-beakers, cylindrical fine ware beakers with rouletting on the body and often stamped just at the top of the rouletted part, are a distinctive and widely distributed form of the first few decades of the 1st century AD (see Greene, K, The Pre-Flavian Fine Wares (from Usk), 1979, 7-8 & fig 2.2). This paper presents a series of ACO-beakers and similarly dated early fine wares found at Saintes. A total of 42 vessels are illustrated, including four stamps, all known from elsewhere. Vernou notes that recent chemical analyses by the Laboratoire de Céramologie at Lyon have suggested that a Lyon origin for many of these vessels may be as likely as an Italian origin.
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