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 mouth of a Roman amphora was found at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 80 and 180 AD.

Carved on the lip of the fragment are the letters 'CSA', perhaps the initials of the amphora's owner.

Many mass-produced articles in the Roman world were stamped or inscribed 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: 000-100-102-492-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1439
Date: 80 - 180 AD
Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Ceramic: stamped on lip
What: Pottery / amphora / portion
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Amphora mouth with stamp 'CSA' on lip, from the Roman site at Newstead, 80 - 180 AD
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