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Fine pottery from the Roman villa at San Potito di Ovindoli. The overwhelming majority of the finds published here are Central Italian Samian wares, which could belong to the tableware of the earliest villa. Plates of a Consp. 3 shape, cups of a Consp. 34 shape and plates of Consp. 20.4 were found during the excavations of the recent years. Finds dated from the earliest period from the second quarter of the 1st century to the end of the century are composed of ceramica a vernice nera and Samian wares of a Consp. 37 shape. We have found also so-called late Italian decorated sigillata.. The plain terra sigillata could be the products of yet unlocalised Central Italian workshops. Beside Italian wares, a few Northern African red slip wares (A 1) and an eastern B type Samian ware belonged to the find material of the early villa. The only La Graufesenque bowl of a Drag. 29 shape was not a commercial good: it could be a gift.Significantly fewer fine ceramics were used in the luxurious building complex of the centre of an imperial estate. The products of the declining Italian sigillata workshops were replaced by the wares of Central Tunisian workshops in the Antonine and the Severan period: African A 2, African A/D types or C 1 wares. In the same period, a few types of cooking wares could arrive with crop or other African goods from Central and Northern Tunisia.

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Acta Archaeologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Authors:
K. Mesterházy
,
V. Kiss
,
D. Gabler
,
A. Márton
, and
L. Schilling
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