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Amphora (Piece)

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found at Newstead, Roxburghshire

Amphora (Piece)
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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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