Amphora handle (piece)

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Amphora handle (piece).
© National Museums Scotland

Amphora handle (piece)

An amphora is a large, distinctive container used to transport perishable goods over long distances. This piece of an amphora handle was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 80 and 180 AD.

The handle has been stamped 'MMGSVR'.

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: 000-100-037-447-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1451
Date: Between 80 and 180 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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