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Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 3, 1990 page 117
617 Ettlinger, E, 'How was Arretine Ware sold?', Rei Cretariae
Romanae Fautores, Acta
XXV/XXVI, 1987, 5-19.
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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 3, 1990 page 121
649 McCann, A M, 'The Portus Cosanus: A Centre of Trade in the Late Republic', Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, Acta
XXV/XXVI, 1987, 21-70.
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The amphoras and Italian samian presented in this paper are all somewhat earlier than the normal scope of this Bibliography, but the paper is undoubtedly worthy of inclusion all the same, as it is a masterful case-study of Roman economic life. The Portus Cosanus was a port on the coast of ancient Etruria, which had a man-made fish-farming lagoon, and which was a production centre for amphorae used to export both garum and wine (this is the earliest commercial exploitation of garum known to the author, and the fishery was of substantial size - "the famous fisheries of ancient Baetica on the southern coast of Spain are all much smaller and do not date before Augustan times"). A large proportion of the amphorae (Dressel 1, Type 4) are bear the stamps of a family known as the Sestii, and they include a number of trademarks, including a lighthouse symbol, thought to be a direct reference to a lighthouse which stood at the mouth of the port. The paper represents a thorough investigation of the many sides to this story, and it is a 'good read'! (Its presentation at Oxford in 1984 was one of the highlights of that Fautores meeting).

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 104
Scientific analysis
Maggetti, M, Galetti, G Schwander, H, Picon, M & Wessicken, R, 'Campanian Pottery; the Nature of the Black Coating', Archaeometry, VoL 23 (2), 1981, 199-207.
904 Mirti, P. Zelano, V, Aruga, R, Ferrara, E & Appolonia, L, 'Roman pottery from Augusta Praetoria (Aosta, Italy): a provenance study', Archaeometry, VoL 32 (2), 1990, 163-175.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 4, 1991 page 109
961 Ettlinger, E, Hedinger, B, Hoffmann, B, Kenrick, P M, Pucci, G, Roth-Rubi, K, Schneider, G, von Schnurbein, S, Wells, C M & Zabehlicky-Scheffenegger, S, Conspectus Formarum Terrae Sigillatae Italico Modo Confectae, Römish-Germanische Kommission des Deutsches Archälogischen Instituts zu Frankfurt A.M., 1990.
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Is this the coming trend? Does it now require a committee of ten to produce the kind of fundamental textbook which will be worthy of Loeschcke, Dragendorff, Déchelette, Oxé & Comfort or Oswald &: pryce? Is this what the European Community has brought us to? Well, if so, it is surely to be welcomed. This can only be described as a major contribution to sigillata research, and to Roman pottery studies in general, and the proof of the pudding is that the type series presented in this volume has already become a lingua franca among Arretine researchers (well, at least among the collaborators on the Conspectus, who happen to include some of the most eminent in the field). The core of the volume is a new form classification for plain "Italian-type" sigillata, which is essentially the plain ware produced at Lyon, Pisa and Arezzo. On the scope of the project, Wells remarks, "We might even define 'Italian-type sigillata' somewhat flippantly as 'any sigillata that Loeschcke would have called "Arretine"', any sigillata, that is to say, wherever it is made, which in appearance (forms, colour, etc.) closely resembles the products of the Arezzo workshops" (pl). Fifty-four basic forms are defined, and most are illustrated with several examples, often divided into sub-categories. Beyond the form series, however, the authors also provide a wealth of information on aspects of production and dating, and there is an 'Exkurse' which includes sections on potters' stamps, on decoration on 'plain' wares, on the shapes of footrings, on the rim-forms of mould-decorated types, and on flagons and jars. The text is mainly in English and German, with a short section in Italian. There can be no doubt that this volume is a remarkable achievement, not least in its straightforward, accessible presentation, and it will clearly enjoy a very long life as the standard reference volume for "Italian-type" sigillata.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1992 page 140
*1136  Review of Goudineau. C. Fouilles de l'Ėcole Française de Rome à Bolsena (Poggio Moscini). IV: La Céramique arétine lisse. by Patterson. J R. J Roman Stud. 76. 1986. 308-12.

Journal of Roman Pottery Studies  Vol 5, 1991 page 141
*1146  Review of McCann. A M. The Roman port and fishery of Cosa: a center of ancient trade, by Paterson. J J. J Roman Stud. 80, 1990. 197.
*1154 Review of Tchernia. A. Le Vin de I'ltalie romaine: essai d'histoire économique d'après les amphores, by Purcell, N. J Roman Stud. 78. 1988. 194-8.
1159  Down. A. 'A Roman planter pot from Fishbourne'. Antiq J. 69.2. 1989. 308-9.
A mid-1st to 2nd century bead-rimmed jar with four pre-firing holes pushed through the lower body and a fifth through the base. The fabric is oxidised sandy ware, "grogged with small flints, with a few lumps of pottery". Reference is made to twenty-eight pots found at Pompeii embedded in soil and used to rear small plants and cuttings.

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