Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Keay 51

Keay 51

Courtesy of Museo Nacional de Arqueología Maritima, Cartagena
Marguerite Attree

Distinctive Features

Although there is only one example of this amphora in Keay (1984), it has a quite distinctive body shape, piriform with a compression towards the base. There are traces of horizontal ribbing. It was 76.5 cm high and 37.5 cm wide, and the base below the compression comprised a hemisphere with a small button-foot. The upper section comprised a larger hemispherical shoulder which blended into a low and squat neck. The rim had a simple squared profile with no apparent lip. The handles were semi-circular, ovoid to round in section. Keay (1984: 266) mentions a similar amphora found at Empúries (Nolla, 1974/5: 189, Fig. 27.1; 151, Fig. 3), though it lacked the compression in the body and the foot was more pronounced.
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Date Range

The context for Keay's example indicates a fourth to fifth century date.
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The fabric suggests a Tunisian origin.
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Keay's example was found at the Palaeochristian cemetery in Tarragona
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Principal contributor: David Williams


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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