The Ovoid Amphorae in the Central and Western Mediterranean: Between the last two centuries of the Republic and the early days of the Roman Empire [Paperback]

Enrique García Vargas(Editor); Rui Roberto de Almeida(Editor); Horacio González Cesteros(Editor); Antonio Sáez Romero(Editor)

ISBN: 9781789692969 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Series: Roman and Late Antique Mediterranean Pottery | Volume: 13 | Year of Publication: 2020 | 430p, H11.75 x W8.25, Illustrated throughout in color and black & white (65 pages in color)
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The Ovoid Amphorae in the Central and Western Mediterranean


The production of amphorae and the export of commodities transported in them was a key activity for the Mediterranean world in Antiquity. Consequently, their study is of enormous value for analysing the agricultural and fishing economy, and also the commercial mechanism of that period. Through the typological and chronological analysis of these ceramic containers, a high degree of knowledge has been achieved, especially for the production of the different Mediterranean societies from the second millennium BC to the Middle Ages.

In The Ovoid Amphorae in the Central and Western Mediterranean between the last two centuries of the Republic and the early days of the Roman Empire, several series of amphorae created in the Late Republican Roman period (2nd and 1st centuries BC) have been studied – a group of material until now little studied. All of these groups of containers share a common feature in the shape of their bodies which is generally ovoid. The fact that they were conceived and developed in the economic and political context in which Rome expanded throughout the Mediterranean, transferring to its new territories its production and commercialization procedures, bears witness to the almost total integration of the Mediterranean markets.

This publication is based on the proceedings of the workshop held at Seville University in December 2015. The book brings together contributions on the main production areas of these ovoid amphorae from the Atlantic to the Greek mainland / North Peloponnese, analysing in detail the origins, evolution and disappearance of their main series. It also includes case studies that are particularly relevant in relation to their distribution, consumption patterns, contents and relationship with other groups of amphorae manufactured in the Roman Imperial era. The aim of this publication has been to present an updated and complete synthesis of the so-called ovoid amphorae, from an interdisciplinary, international and diachronic standpoint.

Table of Contents

Introduction – by Enrique García Vargas, Horacio González Cesteros, Rui Roberto de Almeida, Antonio Sáez Romero

PART I: Ovoid amphorae production in the Mediterranean
The ovoid amphorae from Aigion, in the north-west Peloponnese. The connections with Corinth and the Brindisi area – by Konstantinos Filis
Produzioni di anfore ovoidi di area brindisina – by Daniele Manacorda
Late Republican and Early Imperial ovoid amphorae: the African production – by Alessia Contino and Claudio Capelli
Ovoid amphorae as the first Roman provincial repertoire in Hispania Ulterior (the Guadalquivir valley) – by Enrique García Vargas, Horacio González Cesteros and Rui Roberto de Almeida
Ovoid amphorae production in the Bay of Cadiz and the southern coast of the Ulterior/Baetica (Late Republican and Early Imperial periods) – by Enrique García Vargas and Antonio M. Sáez Romero
Ánforas ovoides del noreste de la Hispania Citerior Tarraconensis en época tardorepublicana. Ensayo de síntesis – by Jordi Miró Canals y Ramón Járrega Domínguez
The ‘early production’ of Roman amphorae in Lusitania. State of play of a universe (still) under construction – by Rui Roberto de Almeida and Carlos Fabião
De la producción de ánforas Ovoide 1 gaditanas: aportaciones del alfar de Verinsur – by Darío Bernal-Casasola, José J. Díaz Rodríguez, María Luisa Lavado-Florido y Rosario García-Giménez

PART II: Ovoid amphorae throughout the Mediterranean – Case studies, commercial routes, consumption contexts and contents
Ovoid Amphoras found in Hellenistic Southern Levant contexts: their chronology and need for proveniences – by Gerald Finkielsztejn
Northern Peloponnesian amphorae with convex-concave rims from the Styra A shipwreck – by Lucie S. Vidličková
Ovoid African and Hispanic amphorae in Italy. Some examples from Ostia and Pompeii – by Alessia Contino, Lucilla D’Alessandro, Guillermo Pascual Berlanga and Albert Ribera i Lacomba
The Italic ovoid amphorae in the Toulouse area at the end of the Iron Age (Midi-Pyrénées, France) – by Laurence Benquet
The diffusion of south-Hispanic ovoid amphorae in Gaul, between the Late Republican and Early Empire times – by Kevin Quillon and Max Luaces
Distribution of ovoid amphorae in north-west Europe. Consumption contexts and main trade routes – by Horacio González Cesteros
Amphorae of the Brindisi area in Gallia Belgica: The example of Titelberg (Luxembourg) – by Debora C. Tretola Martinez
Ovoid amphorae in Hispania Citerior/Tarraconensis: consumption contexts and main trade areas – by Daniel Mateo Corredor and Jaime Molina Vidal
La importación de ánforas ovoides en la Tarraco republicana – by Moisés Díaz García
Are you Local? Imported and locally produced amphorae in Alto Alentejo (Portugal) during the 1st century BC: three case studies at Soeiros, Rocha da Mina and Caladinho – by Rui Mataloto, Joey Williams and Conceição Roque
Preliminary organic residue analysis of Ovoid 1 and Ovoid 5 amphorae from the Guadalquivir valley – by Darío Bernal-Casasola, Alessandra Pecci and Antonio M. Sáez Romero

Ovoid amphorae in the Mediterranean (2nd century BC- early 1st century AD). State of the play and future research perspectives – by Enrique García Vargas, Horacio González Cesteros, Rui Roberto de Almeida, Antonio Sáez Romero

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