Journal of Roman Pottery
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
Lauranceau, N, 'Les amphores des zones 10 et 11', in
Aquitania, Suppl. T. 3 (Les Fouilles de "Ma
sur Saintes antique), 1988, 263-278. See also entry nos.
1000 & 1012.
ait (Dr l)/amp (Lamboglia 7 - Dr 7-11+41), Pascual 1. Dr IB/ass
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
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.
tng/pff/dol/ppr/occ ('hairpin' beakers)/rgh/stv (roller-stamped
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
Journal of Roman Pottery
Vol 4, 1991 page 117
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).
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.