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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 117
619  Fiches, J-L, (ed), L' Oppidum d' Ambrusswn et son territoire, Monographie du Centre de Recherches Archéologiques no 2, Editions du CNRS, 1989.
exc/opp/3rd BC-3rd AD+/usf
A remarkably comprehensive, detailed and well-presented report on an oppidum which lies between Montpellier and Nîmes. The cover shows a infrared satellite photograph of the site, revealing the underlying archaeology much like crop-marks: this seems deliberately symbolic of a highly scientific approach which seems to infuse the entire report, which is nevertheless eminently readable and profusely illustrated. The pottery, although not a large part of the report, comprises a considerable range of wares, from arretine and fine wares of the 1st century BC through coarse wares of the 2nd century AD. Of most interest to British readers will be the amphora report by Fanette Laubenheimer (121- 128), which discusses in detail the relative importance, in each of the six main periods of the site, of amphora importations from Italy, Spain, Africa, Gaul and other sources, with the results presented in a series of useful graphs (unfortunately, however, no actual amphorae are illustrated). Obtainable from CNRS Centre de Recherches Archéologiques, Sophia Antipolis, 06565 Valbonne Cedex, France.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 123
661  Raynaud, C, 'Céramiques du dèbut du IIIeme siècle dans le quartier bas d'Ambrussum (Villetelle, Hèrault)', Figlina 7, 1986, 51-64.
exc/opp/early 3rd (220-240)/ggp
amp/asg/tsg ("Claire B" and grc)/buf/lcl
At the oppidum of Ambrussum, in Languedoc, a single homogeneous context produced a large amount of pottery, all fairly precisely dated by coins and other evidence to c220-240. Included in the material was a considerable range of coarse wares, amphorae from both southern Gaul and from northern Africa, and what is known as 'sigillée claire B' and 'sigillée luisante'. These latter wares (and the reasons for mentioning them here) are discussed here in entry nos. 613 & 629. Among the amphorae is a good example of a Gauloise 1/Peacock & Williams Class 28 (which they date to the 1st century, after Laubenheimer).
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