The purpose of this thesis is to catalogue and analyze the stamps on Italian red-gloss pottery discovered at San Venanzo, Italy (locality Poggio delle Civitelle) during the 2000 to 2003 seasons. When viewed within the greater context of Italian red-gloss pottery as a class of artifact, the pieces allow one to form some initial hypotheses about the site as a whole.
The catalogue of pottery stamps contains twenty-two pieces of ceramic. Most pieces are quite small and all comprise only parts of larger vessels. Many of the stamps are partially broken and/or worn. All of the pieces have suffered some degree of surface damage. Discussions of the site and a brief history of Italian red-gloss pottery are presented first, in order to put the San Venanzo finds into their proper context. It is appropriate to include aspects of nomenclature, manufacture, value, classification, and red-gloss pottery outside of Italy in the latter section. The catalogue groups together stamps that originated from the same regions of Italy, as well as those which cannot be identified due to illegibility. Within these groups, stamps from the same workshop are placed next to each other to facilitate comparison. The catalogue also provides a description of the appearance of each piece, a concordance of stamp and form types (when possible), and attribution to a known Italian red-gloss pottery workshop (when possible).
The examination of the pieces of stamped Italian red-gloss pottery from San Venanzo suggests several ideas about the site. First, the settlement had enough trade with the outside world to be able to acquire a significant amount (at least twenty-two pieces) of non-local, non-utilitarian pottery, esteemed around the Roman Empire for its aesthetic value. Second, the settlement imported its red-gloss pottery primarily from two identified areas, Arezzo, the most famous Italian red-gloss production center, and Scoppieto, a very small, nearby production center. Third, based on the finds to date, only stamps from the 1st century AD have yet been identified at the site, although Italian and provincial red-gloss continued to be produced into the 4th century AD. Whether this indicates a shift in trade or is the result of changes in manufacturing spheres is difficult to ascertain.