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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 107
949 Blaszkiewicz, P. 'Réactualisation de la Black-Burnished ware
1 (BB1) et son implication sur les courants commerciaux transmanche au Bas-Empire', SFECAG, Actes du Congrés d'Orange, 1988, 209-214.
A brief study of the distribution of BB1 in Normandie. The dating evidence suggests that it is occurring mainly from the 4th century onwards. There is no BB2, and some pieces handled at Caen by this contributor seem more likely to be products of Alice Holt/Farnham or the New Forest, and this might include nos. 5 and 6 on fig 2 in this paper, although the rest of the material is obviously genuine BB1. This material is surely an illustration of the fact that Normandie and Brittany, along with Britain, do not seem to have suffered the same sort of economic decline in the 4th and early 5th centuries as the rest of Gaul, and one must wonder if this might have been due, at least in part, to the role of continued cross-Channel trade involving these regions.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 110
972  Jigan, Cl, 'Les vases à glaçure plombifère trouvès en
Normandie: état de la question', SFECAG, Actes du Congrès
ď Orange,
1988. 189-207.
A round-up of Roman lead glazed pottery from sites and museums in Normandie. A total of 47 vessels are illustrated, most complete or almost complete. Of these, 24 are flagons or bottles, plus one probable flagon; 8 are modelled figures (mostly either animals or humanoid heads); 2 are lamps; 2 are funnels; one is an inkwell; 4 are Dr 29-like bowls; one is a carinated bowl, 3 are beakers, and one is a chalice-like cylindrical vessel. In all 32 of the pieces (or nearly 70%) are corkable: it is suggested in Symonds & Hatcher (entry no. 1011 below), as well as in a comment in the discussion following this paper, that since the most likely source for all of these vessels is Vichy, in central France, a primary function of these vessels may have been to contain water from Vichy. All of the flagons and bottles illustrated here are mould-decorated, as well as the two funnels (which might also have served as sieves). The paper also includes three distribution maps which show a significant bias towards the eastern part of Normandie, i.e. along the lower Seine.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1993 page 144
1183  Berthault, F, 'Observations sur le matériel amphorique de 1'officine du Champ Cloux à Saintes', SFECAG, Actes du Congrés de Cognac, 1991, 53-58. See also entry no. 1182.
syn,exc/ptp/second half of lst-2nd/---
This is a brief discourse on the nature of amphorae, mainly of the flat-bottomed variety, made at Saintes and elsewhere in the Bordelaise region. While the material includes some locally-made versions of Dr 2-4, it is mainly composed of Gauloise 5 and Gauloise 3/5 amphorae, which are relatively small flat-bottomed vessels with fairly broad flat rims. Because small flagon-sized and somewhat larger, medium-sized versions occur as well as the amphora-sized vessels, Berthault is troubled by the definition of what ought to be called a flagon, and what ought to be an 
    'amphorette' or an amphora. Although his division of the same form into three separate sizes, effectively 'small', 'medium' and 'large', is based on a series of precise measurements, in the discussion which followed the paper both F Laubenheimer and A Michaud point out that his number of measureable samples was extremely small, and many vessels of intermediate sizes also appear to have been made. Since there is no direct evidence as to the contents, Berthault also appears to suggest in the discussion that these amphorae - and amphorettes and flagons - might have been used for garum or olive oil instead of wine, unlikely as that might seem.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1993 page 145
#1186  Blaszkiewicz, P, 'La Place de la Normandie dans 1'Empire Romain de la fin de 1'indépendence jusqu'au Vèrne siècle de notre ère', in Wood, M & Queiroga, F, (eds), Current research on the Romanization of the Western Provinces, Brit Archaeol Rep Int Ser S575, 1992, 35-61. oth/various,trd/usf/late 1st BC - 400 AD
ait/aga/amp/arr/ass/ats/bb1/btb/cts/ets/glz/grc/grf/gro/mrb/ mro/nfr/ngp/obb/osd/oxr/ppr/rst/sts/stv/wht
Textual sources, inscriptions and artefactual remains are reviewed in this comprehensive study of Haute and Basse Normandie during the Roman period. Pottery, being the most common find, is naturally the major source of evidence used in this assessment of the regions themselves and their rôle with in the wider perspective of the Empire. The types and quantities of imported pottery found on sites in Normandy are compared. This data is then set against finds from other areas of Gaul as well as Britain. For the early Empire, the principal types of pottery considered are arretine, gallo-belgic and samian (from southern, central and eastern Gaul) while Romano-British wares, pottery from the Argonne and western France (a 1'éponge) are the principal late Empire wares discussed. Pottery production in Normandy during the Roman period is also reviewed and the products of the four main centres (out of a total of some 40 known centres) are described. The paper concludes with a discussion of craft-specialisation in Normandy and the significance of trade (the Seine corridor in particular) for the regions. All illustrations, (distribution maps of individual wares, pottery production sites in Normandy, photos etc) are at the end of the paper. Location: Various museums and other stores in upper and lower Normandy.
1187 Blaszkiewicz, P & Jigan, C, 'Le problème de la diffusion et de la datation de la céramique sigillée d'Argonne décorée à la molette des IVème-Vème siècles dans le nord-ouest de l'Empire', SFECAG, Actes du Congrés de Cognac, 1991, 385-414. See also entry no. 1203.
ats/stv (roller-stamped)
A substantial paper on the distribution of roller-stamped Argonne samian in north-western Gaul, particularly Brittany, Normandie and Picardie, but Britain is also included in two general distribution maps. There is a set of eight maps of north-western Gaul showing the comparative proportions of each of the eight roller-stamp types defined by Hiibener (Banner Jahrbucher, 168, 1968, 241-298: Illustrations of the eight group types, with their respective proposed dating, appear earlier in the same SFECAG volume, in entry no. 1203, 163). There is also a set of seven maps showing the distributions respectively of the seven most important Argonne workshops, viz, Lavoye, Châtel-Chéhery, les Allieux, Vauquois, Pont-des-Quatre-Enfants, Avocourt and Aubréville. A total of 120 roller-stamped sherds or stamps on their own are illustrated from sites in Normandie, and there are several tables showing the numbers of examples recorded at a wide range of sites.

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