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GUEUGNON Saône-et-Loire, France.

Situated on the Arroux, a tributary of the Loire, 50 km downstream from Autun. In the Arroux Valley, at the place called Le Vieux Fresne at Gueugnon, is a very large complex of potters' ovens, which has been under excavation since 1966. Products from this pottery supplied Autun, in particular. The site was occupied from the Augustan period but the first ovens found are slightly later. The potters were active at least up to the end of the 3d c. Manufacture especially of sigillate ware is well attested through the middle of the 3d c. The many signatures found make it possible to follow the production at this center and the way in which it spread. White clay figurines were also manufactured. Most of the kilns were sufficiently well preserved for a study of their type and function.


“Informations archéologiques,” Gallia, 24 (1966), 26 (1968), 28 (1970), 30 (1972); articles signed “Groupe archéologique de Gueugnon-Montceau,” La Physiophile (Montceau-les-Mines, Saône-et-Loire) 66 (1967) and following; id., Les statuettes en terre cuite de l'officine céramique gallo-romaine du Vieux-Fresne, Gueugnon (1974).


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