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Amphora (Piece)

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found at Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Amphora (Piece).
000-100-037-442-C
© National Museums Scotland

Amphora (Piece)

An amphora is a large, distinctive container used to transport perishable goods over long distances. This neck and handle of a ceramic amphora were found at the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was made between 80 and 100 AD.

The amphora preserves part of an inscription painted on the body. The inscription reads 'APRILIS HEL...', which probably is part of the name of the trader whose product, perhaps wine from France, was contained in the amphora.

Writing on most amphorae takes the form of stamped or scratched inscriptions. This example is unusual in having the letters painted, as such painted letters rarely survive burial.


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Online ID: 000-100-037-442-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1434
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Ceramic; inscribed
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What: Pottery / amphora / portion
Subject:
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Event:
Description: Fragment of the neck of an earthenware amphora, with painted inscription of merchant? 'APRILIS HEL...', from Newstead
References:
  • Clarke, D.V., Breeze, D.J., and Mackay, G. The Romans in Scotland. An introduction to the collections of the National Museums of Antiquities of Scotland. Edinburgh: National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, 1980, p 52. 
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, pl. LII. 
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