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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 page 149
1213  Jobelot, N & Vermeersch, D, 'La ceramique noire à pâte rougâtre (NPR): une première approche', SFECAG, Actes du
Congrés de Cognac,
1991, 291-302.
syn.chm/---/1st AD/---
This paper defines a rather terra nigra-like pottery type, a reddish fabric with black surfaces, found mainly in the region surrounding Paris. It differs from terra nigra in the wide range of forms in which it occurs, including bottles, flagons, narrow- and wide-mouthed jars, and lids. There are obvious parallels with 1st-century fine grey /black wares made at Colchester, London, and other sites in southeastern Britain. Thin section analysis suggests that this fabric with a clay derived from the Fontainebleau sands, although no production centre has so far been specifically associated with any of the three fabrics identified. (It would appear that as with entry no. 1212, this is also a repeat of an earlier paper, in this case a paper having an identical title in Cahiers de la Rotonde, 14, 1991).

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 page 154
1239  Simon-Hiernard, D, 'Du nouveau sur la céramique "à l'éponge"', SFECAG, Actes du Congrés de Cognac, 1991, 61-76.
syn/---/end of 2nd-6th (mainly 4th)/usf
This paper follows on from Mme Simon-Hiernard's book on pottery in the Musée de Poitiers (JRPS 4, entry no. 1005) by re-examining and taking a broader view of the most significant pottery type highlighted in that work, marbled wares from western France. While retaining (and re-printing) the typology established by Raimbault (Gallia 31, 1973, 185-206), this study looks in detail at the distribution of Aquitanian marbled wares, showing that they are found in highest concentration in Charente-Maritime, to the west and north of Poitiers. Although one outlier is noted from Switzerland, the bulk of the wares are found to the west of Paris, from the valley of the Gironde to the south to the Severn Valley in Britain, to the north. Simon-Hiernard's map indicates almost as many findspots in Britain as in Normandy and Brittany, and a remarkably high proportion of the findspots, even those in Charente-Maritime, are either on the coast or on rivers. One cannot usually say that an individual vessel must have travelled by water or by land to reach its destination, and of course most major settlements are linked to the rest of the world by both waterways and roads, but this map does certainly suggest a predominance of water transport for marbled wares. There is not much doubt about the finds from Britain and the Channel Islands.  
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