Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Distinctive Features

This is a large amphora with tronco-conical body and hollow cylindrical toe. The shoulder is marked off by a strong carination, and often bears a double grooved band. It has a tall, cylindrical neck, and a convex rim are with a marked concave inner face (lid seat?). The handles are long and wide with a deep central groove. Thicker-walled than the contemporary ‘Beirut amphora’. Overall features similar to Portuguese Sado region versions of Dressel 14 (e.g. those of Porto Dos Cacos, Cordeiro Raposo, 1990: 142-5, Figs. 29 and 31).
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Date Range

Late first century AD c.100 to mid third century AD.
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Origin

One of three amphora types produced in a kiln-workshop production excavated in Beirut (site BEY 015).
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Distribution

Common in Beirut. Not attested elsewhere.
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Contents

Though the grooved handle recalls Koan wine amphorae and Syrian copies of that form (i.e. the Amrit / Tartus amphora), the similarities with Dressel 14 may indicate that it transported Beirut fish sauce rather than wine.
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Comments

Principal contributor: Paul Reynolds