Ware/Ware Family: Late Roman Amphora 1 (LRA 1)

Name, Origin, Date

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Late Roman Amphora 1 (...

Cyprus/Troodos mountai...

3rd - 7th centuries CE

Early Byzantine, Late ...

General Information

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Late Roman Amphora 1 (LRA 1) is a long-lived (fourth to seventh century C.E.) family of medium sized transport vessels ranging from 50 to 58 cm in height and 30 to 31 cm in length (Reynolds 2014). LRA 1 are one of six types of transport amphora (Late Roman Amphora 1-7) which are defined in comparison to each other by their standardized shapes and sizes. The classification of LRA comes from John Riley and was devised to describe Late Roman period ceramics publish from excavations at site of Carthage (Karagiorgou 2009, 41).  Examples of LRA 1 from Cyprus, Marseille, and the Yassi Ada wreck were found coated on the inside with impermeable pitch (Reynolds 2014). This evidence supports speculations that some LRA 1 vessels were used to transpo...
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Amphora
Soli Höyük, Pompeiopolis
5th-6th c. CE


Amphora
Soli Höyük, Pompeiopolis
5th-6th c. CE


Amphora
Soli Höyük, Pompeiopolis
5th-6th c. CE


Amphora
Caesarea Maritima
Late Roman, Byzantine

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Amphora
'Iraq al-Amir
363-450 CE
Byzantine


Amphora
Soli Höyük, Pompeiopolis
5th-6th c. CE


Amphora
Soli Höyük, Pompeiopolis
5th-6th c. CE


Amphora
Amathous
4th - 7th c. CE
Late Roman

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Description

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Over the centuries of LRA 1 production, potters made small changes to the overall body shape of the ware. These shifts correspond to chronology and can be used to roughly date LRA 1 vessels. All forms of LRA 1 have round bases, a banded rim, and two single grooved handles which connect from the widest part of the shoulder to just under the rim (Reynolds 2014). Fourth century CE forms of LRA 1 have a pear-shaped body, a tall narrow neck which is narrower in the mid-section, and a narrow mou...

Earlier/Alternative Names

Cilicia Type VI amphora

Site Distribution

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Amathous (Cyprus/Eastern South Coast)

Lampousa (Cyprus/Kyrenia Mountains and North Coast)

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