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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.

An administrative system existed to ensure that the Roman army was supplied with food and other goods. Quartermasters were responsible for obtaining supplies, and dealt with army craftsmen, various traders, and the native population.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-491-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1435
Date: 80 - 180 AD
Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Ceramic; with slightly elongated neck and rudimentary foot; restored
What: Pottery / amphora
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Restored amphora with slightly elongated neck and rudimentary foot, from the Roman site at Newstead, 80 - 180 AD
  • 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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