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from Carlungie, Angus

Postcard of Amphora.
© National Museums Scotland


An amphora is a large, distinctive container used to transport perishable goods over long distances. This ceramic example was found at the native site at Carlungie in Angus. It was used to transport wine from France sometime between 150 and 250 AD.

The amphora was decorated with a wavy line around the upper body, and with deep grooves on the handles. It has been partly restored.

The Roman occupation did not result in the native population becoming Romanised. However, certain Roman habits such as drinking wine appear to have been adopted, in some cases, in order to show off high status.

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Online ID: 000-100-040-891-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HD 1742
Date: Between 150 and 250 AD
Material: Ceramic, fine orange buff; neck missing; most of rim missing; short oblique strap handles with deep longitudinal grooves; partly restored
Dimensions: 13.50" est max D; 13.00" est H to base of neck
What: Pottery / amphora, wine / sherd
Where: Scotland, Angus, Carlungie I
Description: Fragments of a handled wine amphora, Gauloise 12 type from France, of fine orange buff ware, partly restored, from Carlungie I, Angus
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