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Fragment of an amphora

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Fragment of an amphora
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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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