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63 Puy-de-Dôme continued :
histograms showing the relative proportions of the stamps and graffiti according to various criteria, such as their position on the vessel and whether they are positive or retrograde, and there is also a large diagram showing all of the recordable aspects of decorated samian vessels, and how these should be grouped in order to create a standard recording system. One must wonder if this material is being well served by the limitations of publication in a SFECAG volume: long though it is for a SFECAG paper, the textual part undoubtedly could have been much more detailed. It is to be hoped that eventually the series of papers which have appeared in recent SFECAG volumes under the direction of Philippe Bet (JRP5 3, entry no. 594 & JRPS 4, entry nos. 946-8, as well as this paper) will be brought together in a unified volume on pottery production at Lezoux.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 11, 2004 page 147
1428  Picon, M, 'Le schema de développement propose pour l'atelier de Lezoux peut-il s'appliquer à la Graufesenque?', Annales de Pegasus, 1990-91, 33-7
Picon observes a technical change between first and second century Lezoux production. With the starting of mass export of Lezoux samian comes a standardisation of fabric accompanied (and partly achieved) by firing using tubed (muffle) kilns. He speculates that this degree of change and uniformity is most likely to have been brought about at the insistence of the negotiators. Conversely when the main export period at Lezoux ceased, the potters reverted to more simple firing methods (ie un-tubed updraught kilns). The same pattern appears to be visible at La Graufesenque and it may be that the level of uniformity in fabric and firing of 'export-period' La Graufesenque was also achieved at the behest of middlemen rather than a development brought about by the potters themselves.      


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