Fragments of a glass amphora and a cup

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From Culbin Sands, Moray and Tealing, Angus

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Fragments of a glass amphora and a cup

The glass amphora sherd was found at Culbin Sands in Moray. The fragmentary glass cup was found in a souterrain at Tealing in Angus. Both are remnants of valuable goods, probably passed from one chief to another, ending up miles from the Roman frontier.

The amphora sherd is of clear green glass, with daubs of white, red and blue paint on the inside.

Powerful local chieftains controlled contact with the Romans, keeping most of the Roman objects and passing some onto their followers. The Roman objects provided valuable raw materials, and were often reused for other purposes.

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Online ID: 000-100-033-803-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FR 547
Date: Amphora sherd: between 0 and 80 AD; cup fragment: between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Glass
Glass, green, clear; on the inside daubs of white, red and blue
Dimensions: 1.00" x 0.80" x 0.20"
What: Amphora / sherd
Cup / fragment
Where: Scotland, Angus, Tealing
Scotland, Moray, Dyke and Moy, Culbin Sands
Description: Amphora sherd of clear green glass, from Culbin Sands, Moray
Fragment of a Roman pillar-moulded glass cup, from Tealing souterrain, Angus
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