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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 116
1005  Simon-Hesnard, D, Poitiers: la nécropole du quartier de Blossac-Saint-Hilaire (Ier-IVe s. après J-C). Catalogue du mobdier funérairé conserve au Musée de Poitiers, Mémoire V, Soc de Recherches Archéol du Pays Chauvinois, 1990.
col/cem/1 st-4th/usf
ats (roller-stamped)/ccc/gab/mrb/tsg
Not only a report on the objects in the collections of the Musée de Poitiers, this is also a history of the archaeological investigations of the city's cemeteries since the 18th century. There are quotations from early documents on the manner of various discoveries, and a number of 18th and 19th century drawings of finds. Of principle interest to non-local readers are the late 'marbled' ware (céramique a l' éponge) vessels, some of which are very finely decorated with rosettes. The presence of Argonne roller-stamped vessels is indicative, among other evidence, of late occupation: perhaps more importantly, as Mine Simon-Hiernard has noted, the combination of late Argonne sigillata and Aquitanian céramique a l' éponge shows that the latter ware and the 'marbled' flagons of the Rhineland are not necessarily unconnected productions.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 page 153
1233  Richard, C, Le Gué de Sciaux: fosses et céramiques tibéro-claudiennes, Société de Recherches Archéologiques de Chauvigny, Memoire VI, Antigny, Vienne, 1991.
sts/mts/stv/cts/?elts/?lyts/arr?/lyc/acob/gab/trb/lox/ppr/tng (inc. 'bobbin-shaped' bowls)/lcg/ewm/mro/amp (Pascual I)/ gro
Gué de Sciaux is a settlement which lies roughly 40 kilometres due east of Poitiers. Its Roman occupation appears to have begun in the Augustan period, and to have reached its peak by the mid-2nd century. The 1984-88 excavations presented in this volume were concerned only with the earliest levels of a "sanctuary" known as Zone 12; much of the Roman settlement was unknown before it was mapped by aerial photography in 1982, since when a series of limited excavations have taken place. Although this may seem a somewhat expensively produced volume - aside from the high-quality paper and the spectacular cover, it appears that virtually every identifiable sherd has been illustrated - it has certainly been very carefully put together, and it is especially to be commended for its thorough attempt to present the pottery in relation to the contexts in which it was found. The report begins with an illustrated catalogue of all the pottery, including the samian, and then in a second half concludes with "The archaeological sources', i.e. a presentation and analysis the stratigraphy of the site. The latter section includes numerous photographs of the pottery-producing pits, as well as plans, sections and chronological tables. There is also a sherd-link diagram. Considering that the team involved are entirely amateur archaeologists, the rapid production of this highly competent report must be seen as a tour-de-force.

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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