Fragment of an amphora

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Fragment of an amphora.
© National Museums Scotland

Fragment of an amphora

Amphorae are large, distinctive pottery containers used to transport perishable goods over long distances. This piece of an handle of a Roman amphora was found at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 80 and 100 AD.

The earthenware handle has been stamped with the manufacturer's name, 'C.Mari.Silvani'.

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

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Online ID: 000-100-037-446-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1442
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Ceramic; stamped
What: Pottery / amphora / portion
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Part of the handle of an earthenware amphora, stamped to indicate manufacturer, from Newstead
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