The discovery of Phocaean Red Slip Ware (PRSW) Form 3 and Bii ware (LR1 amphorae) on sites in Ireland - an analysis within a broader framework

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Title: The discovery of Phocaean Red Slip Ware (PRSW) Form 3 and Bii ware (LR1 amphorae) on sites in Ireland - an analysis within a broader framework
Authors: Kelly, Amanda
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Date: 19-Apr-2010
Abstract: 'Phocaean Red Slip Ware' and Bii amphorae sherds have been identifi ed, by the present author, at the site of Collierstown 1, Co. Meath. One of the advantages of discovering Phocaean Red Slip Ware Form 3 on sites in Ireland is that it is instantly datable—to the late fi fth and early sixth century AD—a valuable asset in an early medieval context; however, the main benefi t in identifying this ware in Ireland is that its manufacture can be accurately and exclusively attributed to a centre in Asia Minor (modern Turkey); a provenance that has major implications for long-distance connectivity in the early medieval period. Similarly, the Bii amphorae discovered in Ireland, manufactured in the wider Cyprio–Syrian catchment area, have never been published as a group before and the present study attempts to redress this in presenting sixteen fi nd-spots of Bii amphorae in Ireland; a marked increase on the two sites included in Thomas’ 1959 catalogue refl ective of Ireland’s recent intensive road building schemes. This paper addresses the complexity of the trade network between north-western Europe and the eastern Mediterranean (and, more locally, between Ireland, Britain and France) in the early medieval period, thereby presenting hypothetical intermeshing trading models.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
Copyright (published version): 2010 Royal Irish Academy
Keywords: Phocaean red slipRoman amphoraTradeIreland
DOI: 10.3318/PRIAC.2010.110.35
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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