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Aquitaine continued:
   Carre, M-B, 'La banque de données "timbres sur amphores romaines" du Centre Camille Jullian', 225-230. A similar system being developed at the University of Provence. Picon, M, 'L'étude en laboratoire des amphores. Problèmes spécifiques', 231-6. Problems involved in elemental analyses of amphorae.
   Virtually all of these papers are relatively brief resumes of material which either has been or will be published in more detail elsewhere. Nevertheless, given that the specific and general discussions include comments by most of the best-known amphora researchers in Europe, the volume as a whole is a remarkably comprehensive summary of the general state of amphora studies as they stood in 1990.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 page 153
1237 Santrot, M-H & J, Tilhard, J-L & Tranche, P, 'La datation des céramiques du Ier siécle après J-C en Aquitaine et le camp tibérien d'Aulnay-de-Saintonge (Charente-Maritime), SFECAG, Actes du Congrés de Cognac, 1991, 119-133.
exc,syn/mil/15-40 AD/usf
This paper presents a selection of the pottery found at the Tiberian military camp at Aulnay-de-Saintonge. The broadest possible date-range is 15-40 AD, but while the coins and historical arguments suggest a more probable range of 21-28, some of the Montans samian would normally be seen as somewhat later. For such an early assemblage, it contains remarkably little material imported from outside the region: the samian ware is mainly from Montans, rather than Italy, as are the mould-decorated hemispherical bowls. One is tempted to wonder if this is not actually an early Claudian site, the problem of dating lying with the coins and historical interpretation, rather than with the pottery. This possibility provoked a lengthy and interesting discussion which follows the paper.

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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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1245  Vernou, C, Mitard, P-H & Tilhard, J-L, 'Sigillées tardives à Saintes', SFECAG, Actes du Congrès de Cognac, 1991, 105-112.
This is a brief sequel to the major section on Italian and early Gaulish samian by Tilhard in the "Ma Maison" report (JRPS 4, entry no. 1012). This paper begins with a brief summary of the early importation of samian to Saintes, and then discusses the evidence for later material. The salient fact about 1st century samian ware at Saintes and elsewhere in Aquitaine is the predominance of Montans over the other South Gaulish industries; this predominance probably continues through until the second half of the 2nd century, by which time the competition is represented by Lezoux and other Central Gaulish production centres. Relatively few late assemblages have been recently excavated, and Saintes appears to have greatly diminished in importance in the 4th century, but the 3rd century material illustrated here is entirely Central Gaulish, probably from Lezoux. The forms include Curie 23, Walters 79, Déchelette 72 and Drag. 45. There is also a single sherd of an Argonne roller-stamped Drag. 37, dated 7340-375.

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