Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Keay 40

Keay 40

Courtesy of Museo Nacional de Arqueología Maritima, Cartagena
Marguerite Attree

Distinctive Features

On the basis of five fragmentary examples, Keay (1984) describes this amphora in the following manner:
The most characteristic had a wide shoulder and tall neck with gently concave sides. The rim had a pronounced outer face with semi-circular hollow beneath, and a gentle convex depression on the inner rim face. The handles were thickset with a squared profile and semi-circular section.The exterior of all samples was covered in an off-white to yellow slip. A complete example on display at Cartagena consists of a tall cylindrical body terminated by a rounded base with a poorly pronounced spike.
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Fifth century AD?
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The fabric suggests a north African, perhaps Tunisian, origin.
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Thinly distributed in the western Mediterranean.
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Unknown, although olive oil is a possibility.
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Principal contributor: Michel Bonifay

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