Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

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Almagro 50

Distinctive Features

This type features a thickish jutting rim with two rounded handles from rim to shoulder and a long cylindrical body with a slight expansion at the base leading to a short hollow spike with a button at the bottom (Almagro, 1955). The Portuguese production is also known as Lusitana 6 (Dias Diogo, 1991). Almagro 50 should not be confused with the Keay 16 type, which is bigger and larger (the basic distinction was drawn by Keay, 1984 for a discussion on the subject see also Fabião, 1997 and Raposo et al, 2004).
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Date Range

An example from the wreck of Planier 7 dated to the fourth century (Benoit, 1962: 161), while the example from the wreck of L'Anse Gerbal was fifth century (AD in date (Manacorda, 1977a; cf Keay, 1984).
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Portugal. Kiln sites are known in the Tejo and Sado valleys and coastal Algarve.
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A mainly western Mediterranean distribution (Panella, 1973; Manacorda, 1977a).
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Fish-products have been suggested (Carandini & Panella, 1981; Keay, 1984) since traces have been found in a number of these amphorae. The proximity between kiln sites and fish-sauce centres reinforces this proposition (Fabião & Carvalho, 1990; Étienne, 1990).
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Principal contributor: Carlos Fabião


Almagro 50
Keay 22
Lusitana 6
Ostia 7
Peacock & Williams 22


The following link will take you to the Centro para el Estudio de la Interdependencia Provincial en la Antiguedad Clásica CEIPAC database. In the CEIPAC system this amphora has the ID KE51+BYZ. Note: access to CEIPAC requires registration, which is possible via

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