The Roman Amphorae Average Capacity (AC)

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Title: The Roman Amphorae Average Capacity (AC)
Authors: Molina Vidal, Jaime | Mateo Corredor, Daniel
Research Group/s: Culturas Antiguas y Cultura Material
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Prehistoria, Arqueología, Historia Antigua, Filología Griega y Filología Latina
Keywords: Archaeological quantification | Amphora | Roman economy | Volume estimation
Knowledge Area: Historia Antigua
Issue Date: Aug-2018
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Citation: Oxford Journal of Archaeology. 2018, 37(3): 299-311. doi:10.1111/ojoa.12143
Abstract: This paper presents a methodological tool of statistical correction to assess the capacities of different Roman amphorae, whereby ceramic values are transformed into amounts of transported product. Based on scaled drawings of 1281 Roman amphorae, individual vessels’ capacities have been calculated by applying a CAD software to the inner profiles. Each vessel has been classified according to amphora types and the mean for each type has been calculated to produce a coefficient called Average Capacity (AC). The estimated capacities are highly reliable and show narrow confidence intervals. Therefore, they can be applied immediately as a correction factor in studies of quantification of amphorae aimed at characterizing trading dynamics. As such, we expect that future statistical studies of amphorae will include this statistical coefficient to produce more precise and reliable analysis of assemblages and, consequently, more accurate research on the Roman economy.
Sponsor: This research has been developed in the context of the projects HAR2015-64601-C3-2-R, HAR2015-65168-P, HAR2015-68554-P and GRE-03.
ISSN: 0262-5253 (Print) | 1468-0092 (Online)
DOI: 10.1111/ojoa.12143
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Peer Review: si
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