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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 109
610  Desbat, A, 'Céramiques romaines à glaçure plombifère de Lyon et de Vienne', Société Francaise d'Etude de la Céramique Antique en Gaule, Actes du Congrès de Toulouse, 9-11 mai 1986, 1986, 33-39.
exc,syn/mjc/late 1st BC-lst half of 2nd AD
A short paper on lead-glazed wares found in the Rhône Valley: entry no. 611 is a longer, more detailed publication of the same work, although not all of the illustrations are repeated in the latter paper. See also entry no. 676.
613 Desbat, A &: picon, M, 'Sigillée claire B et 'luisante" :classification et provenance', Figlina 7, 1986, 5-18.
exc,col,chm,syn/ptp,trd/l50-end of 3rd/typ
Normally discussions of the "imitation samian" wares known as 'sigillée claire B' and 'sigillée luisante' (?metallic) could happily be omitted from the Bibliography, since these are wares made and distributed almost exclusively in the southeast of Gaul, in particular along the Rhône Valley and in Provence. This paper, however, specifically compares the wares in question with similar products of the New Forest and Oxfordshire industries, and with 'céramique à l'éponge', and their similarities with the products of other Romano-British industries can be seen in the following two papers in the same volume (see entry nos. 629 & 661). The chemical analyses successfully separate the two types, 'claire B' and 'luisante', into material from two sources, the former being the Rhône Valley, and the latter being the Savoie region to the east. It is evident that all of the wares discussed may be said to form a substantial part of the answer to the question of what became of samian manufacturing after the end of Central Gaulish domination.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 118
629 Groupe de travail sur les sigillées claires, 'Céramiques tardives à revÍtement argileux des Alpes du nord et de la vallée du Rhône (de Martigny à Vienne)', Figlina 7, 1986, 19-49. See also entry no. 613).
exc,col,syn/ptp,trd/late 2nd-4th/typ 
tsg ('Claire B' and 'luisante')
As with entry no. 613, the subject of this paper is one which would not normally be included in the Bibliography, as it is well outside the sphere of pottery found in Roman Britain. Yet the illustrations clearly demonstrate a number of obvious links with pottery made in Britain. The paper is the result of a joint effort (from 1977 to 1981) of roughly twenty researchers working at sites in the Savoie region, in the Lyons region, near Geneva and around Lake Geneva as far north as Avenches, and at points in between these places. The vessels most similar to Romano-British products are wall-sided bowls with scroll-like painted decoration, which might as easily have been made either in the New Forest or Oxfordshire (Young form C69); also plates with broad curving rim (Young form C48). There are numerous examples of Drag 30/37-shaped bowls with circular stamped decorations very similar to the East Anglian products which appear to imitate London ware (cf. Rodwell, in Arthur & Marsh, Figs. 7.10-7.13). Finally there are beakers there are beakers which are typologically indistinguishable from 3rd and 4th century 'Rhenish' forms. See also entry no. 661.
    Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 pages 108
959  Desbat, A, 'La sigillée Claire B: état de la question', SPEC AC, Actes du Congrés ď Orange, 1988, 91-99.
syn/---/first half of 2nd-4th/typ
tsg ('sigillée claire B')
Discussion of the pottery made in the Rhône Valley known as 'sigillée Claire B' was the principal theme of the Orange meeting of the SFECAG. Although clearly this is not a ware which was exported to Britain, it is mainly a samian derivative in the same way that Oxfordshire and Hadham wares are samian derivatives, and it has a number of forms in common with those wares. This paper presents a new type series for sigillée Claire B, and a brief résumé of the dating. At the Orange meeting there was a lengthy synthetic discussion on sigillée Claire B, which is published in the same volume, ppl0l-8. See also JRPS 3, entry no. 613.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 pages 115
1001  Schmitt, A, 'Les productions d'amphores dans la moyenne vallée du Rhône: mise au point sur quelques types', SFECAG, Actes du Congrès d'Orange, 1988, 25-33.
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This paper summarises some recent (in 1988) chemical analyses (by X-ray fluorescence and petrological analyses) on Roman amphorae undertaken by the Laboratoire de Céramologie at Lyon. (It follows on from and amplifies the results first announced in Desbat 1987; JRPS 3, entry no. 612). A total of 135 samples were analysed, comprising ten different amphora forms: Dressel 1 (7 exx.), 2-4 (49). 9 (37), 12 (4) & 28 (5); Pascual 1 (2), Haltern 70 (5), and Gauloise 3 (13), 4 (8) & 5 (5). (There are no 'Haltern 70 similis'/'London 555' amphorae among these samples). The XRF analyses divided this relatively small overall number of samples into five different groups. However, using petrological analyses in a complementary manner, the paper shows that only the Dressel 1 (?similis), 2-4 and 9 (?similis) amphorae can be said with some confidence to have been made in the Lyon-Vienne region. It is suggested that the Dressel 12 and Pascual 1 are likely to be Catalan in origin, while the other Gaulish amphorae plus the Haltern 70's (?similis) seem likely to have been made in the southern Rhône Valley. (The use of the word 'similis' is not entirely consistent in this paper, and one must wonder if the Haltern 70's in question are not actually 'Haltern 70 similis/London 555', since there is no mention of the fact that Haltern 70's are normally southern Spanish in origin).
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