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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 116
610  Desbat, A, 'Céramiques romaines à glaçure plombifère de Lyon et de Vienne', Société Francaise d'Etude de la Céramique Antique en Gaule, Actes du Congrès de Toulouse, 9-11 mai 1986, 1986, 33-39.
exc,syn/mjc/late 1st BC-lst half of 2nd AD
A short paper on lead-glazed wares found in the Rhône Valley: entry no. 611 is a longer, more detailed publication of the same work, although not all of the illustrations are repeated in the latter paper. See also entry no. 676.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 118
629  Groupe de travail sur les sigillées claires, 'Céramiques tardives à revÍtement argileux des Alpes du nord et de la vallée du Rhône (de Martigny à Vienne)', Figlina 7, 1986, 19-49. See also entry no. 613).
exc,col,syn/ptp,trd/late 2nd-4th/typ 
tsg ('Claire B' and 'luisante')
As with entry no. 613, the subject of this paper is one which would not normally be included in the Bibliography, as it is well outside the sphere of pottery found in Roman Britain. Yet the illustrations clearly demonstrate a number of obvious links with pottery made in Britain. The paper is the result of a joint effort (from 1977 to 1981) of roughly twenty researchers working at sites in the Savoie region, in the Lyons region, near Geneva and around Lake Geneva as far north as Avenches, and at points in between these places. The vessels most similar to Romano-British products are wall-sided bowls with scroll-like painted decoration, which might as easily have been made either in the New Forest or Oxfordshire (Young form C69); also plates with broad curving rim (Young form C48). There are numerous examples of Drag 30/37-shaped bowls with circular stamped decorations very similar to the East Anglian products which appear to imitate London ware (cf. Rodwell, in Arthur & Marsh, Figs. 7.10-7.13). Finally there are beakers there are beakers which are typologically indistinguishable from 3rd and 4th century 'Rhenish' forms. See also entry no. 661.
Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 120
642  Laroche, C, 'La production de céramiques fines d'Aoste (Isère), Deuxième moitié du ler siècle après J.-C.', Société Française d'Etude de la Céramique Antique en Gaule, Actes du Congrès de Toulouse, 9-11 mai 1986, 1986, 19-24.
exc/ptp/2nd half of lst/typ
tsg (local)/pff/mrb/occ
A short paper on fine wares produced at Aoste, in Savoie. The range includes Lyons-like hemispherical bowls and early cornice- rimmed beakers, bowls with low-set flange (CAM form 58), various plain samian forms and an unusual Déch. form 69. This is only a taste of a production centre whose importance seems to have been somewhat underrated. It is also an important source of mortaria - the potters Kay Hartley refers to as 'the Atisii'. 
Location: Musé d'Aoste
    Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 110
973  Laroche, C, 'Aoste (Isère): un centre de production de céramiques (fin du ler siècle avant J-C - fin du ler siecle apres J-C), Fouffles récentes (1983-1984)', Revue Archèol Narbonnaise, T. 20, 1987 (publ 1988), 281-348.
exc/ptp,kln/lst BC-lst AD+/typ
tsg (local)/lcl/tng/ccc/occ/aom/stv (mortaria)/painted wares A report on recent excavations of a pottery production complex at the Aoste which is France (as opposed to the Italian town on the other side of Mont Blanc). This Aoste is a village, about halfway between Aix-les-Bains and Lyon, whose production of pottery in the Roman period is best known for its 1st century mortaria, which are either wall-sided with thick rounded rims, or have broad rounded flanges, with a narrow rim and potters' stamps, usually C. ATISIVS SABINVS, C. ATISIVS, or SABINVS. Certainly the latter, and probably both of these forms reached Britain, mostly in the pre-Flavian period. The report shows, however, that Aoste's potters were the producers of a wide range of forms in both fine and coarse wares, including a version of sigillata which is dominated by the Déchelette form 69, a large beaker with moulded decoration around the lower body. A distribution map of the latter form indicates examples found as far north as the upper Rhine and as far south as the lower Rhône. There are also fineware hemispherical bowls and beakers with roughcasting, not dissimilar to Lyon ware, 'terra nigra'-like grey ware beakers, and painted wares with designs similar to those found in the Roanne region. A total of six kilns were found, five rectangular and one circular, along with stockpiles of clay and workshop areas (including a 'hangar'), and ten pits full of wasters, four of which are described as 'primary' (whole vessels thrown away straight after firing), four of which are 'secondary' (no whole pots, rather more diverse contents, etc), and two of which are somewhere in between. When this contributor visited the museum at Aoste in 1989, he noted a complete 'London 555/Haltem 70 similis' on display, as well as colour-coated beakers of the 2nd and 3rd centuries (in the reserves), all of which could have been locally-made, although chronologically it seems unlikely to have been in the kilns so far excavated.
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