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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.
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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.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 page 155
1246  Vernou-Magister, C, 'Recherches sur les lampes antiques en Poitou-Charentes', SFECAG, Actes du Congrès de Cognac,
1991, 113-118.
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This is a brief presentation of an inventory of lamps in the Poitou-Charentes region, of which some 180 were catalogued. A total of 23, representing some sixteen different types are illustrated. Interestingly, Vernou-Magister suggests that in the absence of any trace of burning on all but 20% of the examples, and given that there is no evidence for any local production, it is possible that these lamps served mainly as decorative rather than functional objects. Lighting was perhaps more commonly produced by "traditional" means. Such a possibility must also apply to Roman Britain, where lamps are also relatively scarce and seldom show signs of intensive use.  
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