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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 2, 1989 page 126
389 Simpson, G, 'Early South-Gaulish Dr. 29 in East Anglia', Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, Acta XXI/XXII, 1982, 17-20.
A short note on 11 sherds of pre-Boudiccan South Gaulish mould-decorated samian from sites in Norfolk and Suffolk.
These may be used to suggest earlier military occupation, particulaly at Caistor-by-Norwich, than was realised when the sherds from there were excavated (1929).

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 109
617  Ettlinger, E, 'How was Arretine Ware sold?', Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, Acta XXV/XXVI, 1987, 5-19.
syn/trd/lst BC-lst AD/seq
An imaginative (but realistic!) view of how trade in Arretine ware was developed with the expansion of the Empire to the north. While our knowledge from other sources is relatively slim, the study of the distribution and chronology of the wares and the stamps can used remarkably effectively to show the relative independence of particular potters, in terms of their marketing methods. That some obviously sold only to local markets, while others sold to long-distance merchants, can be seen through their comparative distributions, which tended to be either fairly scattered, in Italy and southern Gaul. or concentrated, in northern Gaul and Germany. This is an important paper for all students of marketing and trade.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 107
948  Bet, Ph & Montineri, D, 'La céramique sigillée moulée Tibéro-Claudienne du site de la Z.A.C. de 1'Enclos à Lezoux', SFECAG, Actes du Congrés de Lezoux, 1989, 55-69.
cts/stv (samian)
A new series if figure-types, plus a few stamps, from the early production of samian at Lezoux. One of the stamps is of the potter RVTENOS, who is perhaps (on account of his name) an immigrant from South Gaul.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 110
969 Guery, R, 'La terre sigillée en Gaule', J Roman Archaeol, VoL 3, 1990, 361-375.
This is a review article based on Jacob & Bémont 1986 (JRPS 2, entry no. 374) which attempts to draw the more general conclusions which lay outside the brief of that work. The map (p367) fills a gap in Jacob & Bémont as well as emphasising the considerable diffusion of production centres - a feature of the industry not so obvious from this side of the channel. The section on organisation includes the important point that production of poinçons, moulds and finished bowls need not necessarily have been (and indeed in some cases clearly was not) in the same hands. The significance of this, particularly for the study and reporting of South Gaulish samian, deserves some thought
    Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 pages 155
1248  Vertet, H, 'Observations sur la sociologie et 1'économie des ateliers de potiers gallo-romains du centre de la Gaule', SFECAG, Actes du Congrès de Cognac, 1991, 185-191.
This is a thoughtful examination of the development of the pottery industries in Gaul - Central Gaul in particular - and on the social and economic status of the potters. The installation of the industries in South Gaul, Central Gaul and Lyon in the early 1st century were all deliberate acts, requiring substantial capital investments, at places where there was little or no previous tradition of pottery production. A similar sort of investment was also needed in Central Gaul in the early 2nd century, when the potters began using a calcareous clay and the industry was re-organised. Vertet suggests that the initial investments must have been undertaken by Romans directly, while the later investments may have come from wealthy Gauls. In either case, however, the potters themselves were relatively poor, although not slaves - Vertet quotes Finley, who speaks of peasants who were "neither slaves nor free men". It is also worth noting Vertet's complaint (in footnote 2) that this is a subject which is no longer receiving the attention it deserves: some thirty years ago the CNRS created three posts to cover the production centres of South, Central and East Gaul, respectively; two of the three original occupants are now retired, and have not been replaced.
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