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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 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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