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HAUTE-YUTZ Moselle, France.

Situated SE of Thionville, between route D 1 and the Moselle river. The site was destroyed when the course of the Moselle was changed in 1960, but traces remain in the military area between the new riverbed and route D 1. The site was hurriedly excavated in 1960 when remains of a pottery were uncovered during work on the riverbed, and traces of a large shed and three kilns were brought to light. The stratigraphy revealed two occupation levels with a hiatus between them.

Two storage dumps were found, one for goblets, the other (apparently never used) for molds. The first dump dated from the earliest period of activity and contained two batches of terra sigillata, apparently by different potters: the first batch was probably made by one hitherto unknown man, now called the Moselle Master or the Master of the Little Man. The second batch can be attributed to a group that undoubtedly had ties with Lavoye. The second generation of potters had strong ties with Trèves, in particular Censor, Comitialis, and especially Alpinus: according to recent studies (Huld-Zetsche) he started working in Haute-Yutz and from there influenced the Trèves potters from the end of the 2d c. to the beginning of the 3d c., which is the second period of activity at Haute-Yutz. The first may be placed around 130. Haute-Yutz also turned out a good deal of plain sigillata, notably Drag. 40, 38, 18/31, 32, 33, 43, 45, 44 and various other forms with a dozen potters' stamps.

The Thionville museum has an archaeological collectlon.


G. Stiller et al., “Découverte d'une officine de céramique gallo-romaine à Haute-Yutz (Moselle),”Annuaire de la Société d'Histoire et d'Archéologie de Lorraine 60 (1960) 5.


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