Fragment of an amphora

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

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© National Museums Scotland

Fragment of an amphora

Amphorae are large, distinctive pottery containers used to transport perishable goods over long distances. This fragment of a Roman amphora was found at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 80 and 180 AD.

The amphora has been stamped with the name of the manufacturer, 'M.I.M'.

Many mass-produced articles in the Roman world were stamped or inscribed by the manufacturers to indicate the makers, contents, dates or ownership, suggesting basic literacy amongst a wide section of the Roman population.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-690-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FR 9
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Ceramic
What: Pottery / amphora / sherd
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Amphora fragment, stamped to indicate manufacturer, from Newstead
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