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Research project: Amphora project - Dormant - Dormant

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The Amphora Project website is an online and introductory resource for the study of Roman amphorae. It encompasses most of the principal types manufactured throughout the Roman empire between the late third century BC and the early seventh century AD.

It builds upon two works published in the 1980s (Peacock and Williams, 1986; Keay, 1984) and presents basic typological information for around 250 forms. The distinguishing feature of this website is that it provides information about the clay fabric of most types derived from the physical analysis of the clay by visual and thin-section analysis. This arises from the belief that while typological issues are important in identifying amphorae, the characterisation of clay fabrics has a greater role to play than has often been the case to date.

This project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under its Resource Enhancement Scheme between 2002 and 2005 and was also supported by the University of Southampton. It was directed by Simon Keay, while the day-to-day running of the project, collation of the data, the writing of many of amphora type entries and the majority of the petrological analyses was undertaken by David Williams. A range of colleagues from Britain and overseas were responsible for many other type entries.

The project has been completed, and is now online at the Archaeology Data Service.

Related research groups

Southampton Ceramics Research Group
Roman amphora
Roman amphora
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