Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Castrum Perti

Distinctive Features

This has a globular body, simple rim, strap handles and a flat base with a concave indentation in the middle. It has distinctive thin walls.
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Date Range

Seventh to early eighth century AD, with the main phase of production in the later seventh century (Bonora et al, 1988; Saguì, 2002). First quarter of the seventh century on the Yassi Ada shipwreck (Bass, 1982: 78, Fig. 8.20). For eighth century use see Romei (2004: 278).
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The type is manufactured in a range of fabrics, though current opinion suggests Tunisia was the main production centre (Murialdo, 1995: 4; Keay, 1998: 148; Saguì, 2002: 14, 25). Other centres of production may also have existed in the eastern Mediterranean (Murialdo, 1995). Petrological analysis, undertaken by Capelli (1998: 331) suggested an origin for the amphora in the deserts regions of north Africa or the Near East, based on the morphological characteristics of the quartz.
Search: [Eastern Mediterranean] [North Africa] [Tunisia]


S. Antonino di Perti (Liguria) (Bonora et al, 1988: 362-4), Arene Candide (Liguria) (Murialdo, 1993-4: 230), Rome (Crypta Balbi, Saguì, 1998; 2002) and Portus (Keay, 1998: 148) in Italy. Leptis Magna in Tripolitania (Murialdo, 1993-4: 229; 1995) and at Marseille in France (Bonifay, 1998: 77).
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Oil is suggested by Saguì (2002: 26-7) though Bonifay (2003) pointed out the existence of wine production in northern Tunisia in the last period of the Byzantine rule in Africa.
Search: [Olive Oil] [Wine]


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