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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Amphora.
© National Museums Scotland


An amphora is a large, distinctive pottery container used to transport perishable goods over long distances. This pottery example was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It had been used to transport Spanish olive oil.

The amphora is partly restored.

Supplies were imported to the Roman forts in Scotland from a variety of places. Many goods were transported in bulk in large amphorae.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-443-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1436
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Ceramic; restored
What: Pottery / amphora
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Restored amphora from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 269, Pl. LII, 1 
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