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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 119
637  Hofmann, B, L'Atelier de Banassac, Revue Arch. Sites Hors-série no. 33, February 1988, edited by l'Assoc. Française d'Arch. Métropolitaine.
sts (Banassac)
An important volume for students of samian ware, with 549 sherds and 444 individual figure-types illustrated, with a catalogue and a considerable amount of detailed discussion of the site, the stamps, the ovolos and the dating. The quality of reproduction is not bad, for Rev. Arch. Sites.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 page 154
1243  Tilhard, J-L, Moser, F &: picon, M, 'De Brive à Espalion: bilan des recherches sur un nouvel atelier de sigillée et sur les productions céramiques de Brive (Corrèze)', SFECAG, Actes du Congrès de Cognac, 1991, 229-258.
syn,chm,exc/lst-late 2nd/usf
tsg (Espalion & Brive)/hpb/ccc/rgh/osd
It seems that the joyous announcement by Alain Vernhet following the paper by Moser and Tilhard at Toulouse, "we have just witnessed the birth of a new child: the workshop at Brive" (see JRPS 3, entry nos. 650 & 651), was perfectly justified, but they had got the wrong baby! This paper shows that while the moulds and various fine wares found at Brive were indeed probably locally-made, the samian wares were probably made at Espalion, in the valley of the Lot to the northwest of La Graufesenque. Although the writers had had some doubts about the homogeneity of the Brive material from the start, confirmation of this surprising turnabout was possible only following an intensive programme of chemical analyses, which included examination of the kiln furniture and the moulds as well as the pottery from both sites. Obviously the full understanding of the two sites was initially hampered by the relative lack of archaeological investigations, and recent survey work has still not produced the kilns or kiln deposits which might resolve many outstanding questions, but the analyses have clarified the most important questions. While Brive does not now appear to have been a major production centre for early samian, it was undoubtedly a producer of fine wares, such as 'hairpin' barbotine-decorated beakers and rouletted bowls - material dating from the end of the 1st century through the end of the 2nd. Espalion, or, more precisely, a workshop somewhere in the region of Espalion, and probably in the Lot Valley, was undoubtedly a producer of both plain and mould-decorated samian from the reign of Tiberius (probably) to that of Domitian or early Trajan. Espalion, and also Carrade (further west on the Lot) are workshops heavily influenced by La Graufesenque -Espalion is described here as a satellite to that major production centre - whereas they show, by contrast, no influence at all of either Banassac or Montans.    
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