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Argonne continued:
Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1990 page 147
1203  Feller, M, 'Classification et datation des molettes d'Argonne: problèmes de méthodes', SFECAG. Actes du Congrés de Cognac, 1991, 161-169. One of four papers in a thematic section entitled 'Méthodologie: la chronologic en céramique de la datation relative à la datation absolue': see also entry nos. 1200, 1234 and 1241. See also entry no. 1187.
ats/stv (roller-stamped)
Although the two papers make no reference to each other, this paper and entry no. 1187 treat complementary aspects of the same subject. The first comprehensive system for dating roller-stamp-decorated Argonne samian was devised by Hübener and presented in his seminal paper of 1968 (Banner Jahrbucher, 168, 241-298). Feller begins with a clear résumé of the Hübener system, with summaries of the essential distinguishing elements of the eight (or nine) groups along with the site dating evidence used by Hübener, and he includes Hübener's original dating graph, translated into French. He then re-examines each of the groups, pointing out where each presents difficulties both in terms of classification and of chronology, especially in the light of evidence which has come emerged in recent years. The main result is that the Hübener system is much too simplified, and its dating needs a very thorough revision, of which this paper is but the first step, while the fundamental classification of types remains useful, although it clearly is far from perfect. Feller's evidence shows that Hübener's Groups 1, 2 and 3 should continue later than previously thought; Group 4 clearly began and ended several decades later; Group 6 began somewhat earlier; and the date-ranges of Groups 5and 7 should be enlarged by roughly a century. While admitting that in some ways the problem tackled in this paper is a relatively simple one, we should recognise that its clearly-presented approach would also be appropriate for some of the more complicated problems of modern pottery studies.

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