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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 5, 1992 page 144
1182  Berthault, F, ' Amphore à fond plat et vignoble à Bordeaux au ler siècle', Revue Aguitania, 6, 1988, 157-166. With an appendix, 'Annexe: analyses et classification', by M Picon & A Desbat. See also entry no. 1183.
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Abstract: "The Pascual 1 amphora is followed by the Dressel 2-4 type in Bordeaux, and by a flat bottom amphora obviously from the Bordeaux region.
"The disappearance of the Pascual 1 amphora can be interpreted as the consequence of the founding of the Bordeaux wine region during the first half of the first century. This is corroborated during the last third of this century by the emergence of the local flat bottom amphora which could well be the vessel for the Biturica praised by the Latin authors." Such flat-bottomed amphorae seem to have been made at a number of relatively small-scale production centres which now can be seen to stretch from Bordeaux in the south-west of Gaul to Verulamium and other sites in Britain, and to Gueugnon (see entry no. 1219) to the east, and including sites on the lower Loire Valley and in Normandie. The forms are remarkably similar, considering the huge area of production.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 page 153
1236  Santrot, M-H & J, 'Soubran et Petit-Niort (Charente-Maritime), concurrence "organisée" entre potiers d'ateliers ruraux spécialisés', SFECAG, Actes du Congrés de Cognac, 1991, 83-98.
Soubran and Petit-Niort are twin villages which lie almost exactly halfway between Bordeaux and Saintes. This is a study of two recently identified pottery production centres at a distance of some four kilometres apart, which appear to have produced similar series of coarse tablewares, but which seem to have co-operated in the marketing of their products. The two illustrated ranges of wares are not identical, but at both sites one of the most important products was a large pinched-mouthed flagon, and both series also include cornice-rimmed, bag-shaped beakers. A section on chemical analyses of the fabrics shows that they are chemically separable, although visually this is often not the case. It was the results of the
    analyses which led, therefore, to the realisation that the marketing of the respective series was not competitive, since Petit-Niort products are found at Saintes and elsewhere in Saintonge, while Soubran products are found mainly at Bordeaux and elsewhere to the south.
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