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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 2, 1989 page 125
382  King, A, 'The decline of Central Gaulish sigillata manufacture in the early third century', Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, Acta XXIII/XXIV, 1984, 51-59.
"A brief résumé of part of the author's PhD thesis", this is a short but controversial paper which is bound to have long-term repercussions, particularly among samian specialists. In essence, Dr King suggests that the accepted dating of c AD 197 for the end of samian production in Central Gaul, based principally on the samian at Corbridge, is perhaps on archaeological and historical grounds as much as 20 or 30 years too early, and at the same time it was more likely that the demise of Central Gaulish production was caused more by economic factors than by political events. Mention is also made of the problem of the possibly long period of circulation of some coins and samian, which may interfere with accurate dating.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 115
603  Brulet, R & Coulon, G, La Nécropole Gallo-Romaine de la Rue Perdue a Tournai, Publications d'Histoire d'Art et d'Archéologie de l'Université Catholique de Louvain VII, Louvain, 1977, 23-31 &: plates 3-36.
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This publication of the late Roman cemetery at Tournai pre-dates Raymond Brulet's larger works on the excavations at Braives and Liberchies, and its style was obviously intended to complement that of publications of the comparable cemeteries in the lower Rhineland, such as those on Tongeren (entry no. 391 in JRPS Volume 2) and on Krefeld. There is a detailed catalogue of the graves, as well as plans of the cemetery and of individual graves, and illustrations of the finds by grave-group. The pottery is described, and some parallels are noted, but almost none, including the samian, is ascribed to any particular source. 

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 124
676  Vertet, H, 'Recherches sur les glaçures plombifères fabriquées dans le centre de la Gaule', Société Française d'Etude de la Céramique Antique en Gaule, Actes du Congrès de Toulouse, 9-11 mai 1986, 1986, 25-32.
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A general presentation of the production of lead-glazed wares in central Gaul. Figures 1 and 2 are included to show that a considerable range of samian forms were made in lead-glazed versions, but Figures 3 and 4 show the more common forms, only a few of which are samian-derived. Apparently a number of researchers (not named) are engaged in the compilation of a definitive study of this material, which will include a listing of the (several) central Gaulish workshops where lead-glazed wares were produced, although such a listing may ultimately be somewhat misleading insofar as the distribution of the wares is concerned: while a total of 11 workshops are listed in this paper, it is by no means certain that more than one or two of these were responsible for widespread exportation. See also entry nos. 610 & 611.
    Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 117
*1009  Stanfield, J A & Simpson, G, Les potters de la Gaule Centrale, Recherches sur les Ateliers de potiers de la Gaule Centrale, T. V, Revue Archéol Sites Hors-série no. 37, Avignon, 1990. syn/ptp,trd/2nd
Since its first appearance in 1958, S&S has been the standard work on Central Gaulish Potters. Now Revue Archéologique Sites, following their established policy of publishing standard samian textbooks in French (they have previously published a reprint of Déchelette [JRPS 3, entry no. 608] and translations of Dragendorff (JRPS 3, entry no. 614]. Oswald &: pryce 1920 and Oswald 1931 & 1936-7) have published a translation of S&S. In this case, however, Grace Simpson has taken the opportunity to provide a revised edition for translation. Plates 170-175, covering work by a wide variety of potters, are additional to S&S 1958. There is also an introductory chapter detailing some of the more important dating changes. The text and bibliography have been completely revised (cross-references to Rogers 1974 are but one of the more noticeable additions) and new headings have been given to the plates, taking into account new nomenclature where relevant (so X-3 becomes Drusus I, etc). The indices of signed and unsigned figure types and the bar chart of potters' dates have been omitted. Clearly an essential work, even for those fortunate enough to possess a copy of the first edition and one which will remain a standard textbook for many years to come. Available in Britain from Oxbow Books.
1011  Symonds. R P & Hatcher, H, 'La céramique a glaçre
plombifére de l'époque romaine trouvée a Colchester et
ailleurs: quelques analyses récentes', SFECAG, Actes du
Congrés de Lezoux. 1989, 85-92.
This report on the results of chemical analyses on lead-glazed wares, carried out at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology at Oxford, was first presented in 'poster' form at the Southampton (1989) meeting of the Study Group for Roman Pottery. The total amount of pottery involved is miniscule: no more than 37 vessels were represented in roughly 15 tonnes of pottery found at Colchester; 30 of these are illustrated here. Among these pieces, however, are two remarkable vessels, one a Déch form 72 large globular beaker and the other a flagon with ribbed lower body and a face-mask at the base of the handle, which are apparently without parallel in Roman glazed ware. 33 examples from recent excavations at Colchester were analysed, along with nine from the Colchester & Essex Museum, four from recent excavations at Silchester, and a larger number of examples from Asia Minor which form part of a larger project on glazed wares being conducted by Prof A Kaczmarczyk (Tufts Univ, Boston, USA). The results show that all of the Colchester samples, including some which were thought to be possible Romano-British products, were likely to have been made at the same source, most likely near Vichy in Central Gaul. Two interesting exceptions, however, are the ribbed flagon with face-mask, which may be Italian in origin, and a small otherwise unidentifiable handle, which apparently contains no lead: there is no obvious explanation for a sherd from a context dated c150-200 (quite possibly residual) with an alkaline glaze, although it is conceivable, since the sherd is so small, that it is actually an unusual over-firing which happens to look strikingly like a glaze.
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