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and on inkwells. Secondly, Dr Simpson criticises Fr Pferdehirt for her understanding of the potter Austrus, considered by both Oswald and S&S to have moved from Lezoux to Blickweiler, in her paper in the Lutz festschrift (Pferdehirt 1987; JKPS 3. entry no. 657). Finally, it seems that Fr Pferdehirt has made erroneous comments in a paper ('Die römische Okkupation Germaniens und Ratiens von der Zeit des Tiberius bis zum Trajans', Jahrb des Römisch-Gennanischen Zentralmuseums, Vol. 33, 1986, 221-320) on early sigillata with regard to the arrival of arretine ware in Britain. Dr Simpson is not alone, however, in making criticisms of this sort concerning Fr Pferdehirt: the reader is referred to Eschbaurner, P & Faber, A, 'Die südgallische Reliefsigillata: Kritische Bemerkungen zur Chronologie und zu Untersuchungsmethoden', Fundberichte aus Baden-Wurttemberg, Vol. 13, 1988, 223-247.

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1201 Dusek, S, 'Produktion und Verbreitung römischer Reibschalen im hermundurischen Thüringen', Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, Acta, 29/30, 1991, 137-148.
exc/ptp,kln/3rd-early 4th
This is a remarkable paper on the production of late Roman pottery, and of mortaria in particular, in the region around Erfurt, in former East Germany. This is roughly 200km to the east of the Wetterau limes and 200km to the north of the limes where it runs across southern Germany, in other words rather far from what would normally be considered 'Romanized' territory. Yet everything about the pottery production in question is clearly Roman in character, from the kiln types to the products made. The only illustrated vessels are the mortaria, which appear remarkably similar to late forms from Colchester or Mancetter-Hartshill, or from Oxfordshire. A total of 25 mortaria are illustrated (only one of which is a late wall-sided form), and there is a photograph showing two kilns.

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+ 1209 Haffner, A, Graber - Spiegel des Lebens, Mainz, 1989. syn,exhibition catalogue/cem/4th BC-4th AD/ggp ets/sts
A catalogue of material mainly from Wederath in the territory of the Treveri, about half way between Trier and Bingen. A series of graves spanning the period are published with descriptions and illustrations of complete grave groups (which include both pottery and other finds). About half the pages

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1216  Kraus, K, Colonia Ulpia Traiana, Insula 38: Untersuchungen zur Feinkeramk anhand der Funde aus den Ausgrabungen der sogenannten Herbergsthermen, Xanthener Berichte, Grabung - Forschung - Presentation, Band 1, 1992.
exc/mjc/lst-mid 3rd/typ
This is a major report on the fine wares from the Herbergsthermen bath complex at Xanten. It is not quite as large as it seems, however. Although there are 23 pages of pottery illustrations, plus two of stamps and graffiti, the bulk of the book - some 183 pages out of 300 - is devoted to a detailed catalogue of all of the pottery present, context by context. A "Harris-type matrix" by Clive Bridger is provided in the back flap of the book so that the reader can work out where each context lies in stratigraphic terms. Although the fabrics and colours of every separable sherd-type are described (including the samian), quantification is only by numbers of
    sherds, and there is no attempt to use quantification as a means of comparing contexts or deposits, nor is there any attempt to interpret specific areas of the site in terms of the pottery present. What is even more remarkable is that there appears to be no system of fabric classification, so that every different type present in each context, even the samian, must be re-described each time, as if the slight differences in thickness, "structure" or colour observed from sherd to sherd were all of some significance. 
Obviously without a means of classifying and grouping fabrics it is not possible to quantify them in a meaningful way, and thus a considerable amount of potentially interesting information is lost. The printed catalogue seems, to this reader at least, an incredible waste of space and effort: essential though it is to gather such information, if it must be published at all, let it be either in microfiche, or at the very least printed in a far more condensed manner. In spite of these criticisms, however, this is a very well produced volume, with a lengthy introduction containing interesting sections on the plain and decorated samian and on the various types of fine wares present. Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 page 150
1218 Lahanier, C, Leardi, R, Leclaire, A, Lutz, M & Malfoy, J-M, 'Analyse de céramiques trouvées en Moselle', Rei Cretariae Romance Fautores, Acta, 29/30, 1991, 42-54. See also entry nos. 1199 & 1226.
Although the two papers are published as separate entities, this paper presents the chemical analyses conducted in order to determine the provenances of two vessels in particular discussed in entry no. 1226, which were found at occupation sites, namely a lagena from Bonn and a gourd from Zarbeling (Moselle, arr. de Forbach). Vessels by the same potters, the Satvrninvs-Satto group, are known to have been made at five centres: Blickweiler, Boucheporn, Chemery, Eincheville-le-Tenig and Mittelbronn. The method of analysis was X-ray flourescence, and the work was carried out at Laboratoire de Recherche des Musées de France, based at the Louvre. The results show, interestingly, that the two vessels were probably both made at Mittelbronn, and not, as supposed on archaeological grounds, at Eincheville-le-Tenig. This may not seem a large step forward in pottery studies, but the accumulation of this sort of data is essential for a better understanding of the smaller East Gaulish production centres.
1222  Laubenheimer, F, (ed), Les amphores en Gaule: Production et circulation. Centre de Recherches d'Histoire Ancienne, 116, CNRS, Paris, 1992. See also entry no. 1223.
aga/aae/cta/ait/ako/aly/asg/amp (Dr 1, Dr 9 similis, Dr 16, Dr 20 similis, Dr 43, Gauloise 12 - furrow-rimmed, Mas sal iete, )/r527/stv
This is a collection of twenty-one papers presented at a Round Table held at Metz on October 4th-6th, 1990. These probably all deserve separate Bibliography entries, but for JRPS 5 there is space and time only for the following summary of titles (with the exception of the paper by A P Fitzpatrick, which we include as entry no. 1223): The volume is divided into three sections, entitled 'Production, new evidence', "The distribution of amphorae', and 'Databanks and analyses', and the first two of these are followed by sections of general debate (tape-recorded at the meeting), on pp 113-5 and 207-218, respectively. A number of the individual papers are also followed by transcripts of the discussions which followed their presentation. Laubenheimer, F, with Gébara, C & 

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