Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

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Kuzmanov 15

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Distinctive Features

This is a small amphora.The body is gently conical and covered in ridging, as is the cylindrical neck. The rim is simple, the handles are curved, attached to the shoulder and below the rim. The base is formed by a short, stubby knob.
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Date Range

It is found in fourth, fifth and sixth century contexts.
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Its distribution on the mainland of the east Mediterranean probably suggests an origin in that region.
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Opaiţ (1996: 215) records its presence at many Scythian sites: Topraichioi, Aegyssus, Dinogetia, Iatrus and a number of others. It is quite common (over 7% of assemblage) at Topraichioi and Murighiol in the fifth century.

In Dobrudja, it is discovered in many sites such as Murighiol (Opaiţ 1991b: 141, Pl. 11.67-70), Topraichioi (Opaiţ 1991c: 213, Pl. 15.2), Aegyssus, Dinogetia (Barnea 1966: 245-8, Fig. 8.1; 3; 10.1), Capidava (Opriş 2003: Pl.XXV.125), Sacidava, Tomi (Rădulescu 1976: 109-10, Pl. XII.2, 3), and Slava Rusă-Kurt Baiîr (unpublished material- Opaiţ excavations). This amphora also seems to be frequent in Bulgaria at Iatrus (Böttger 1982: 50, Pl.12.d), Odessos, Voivoda, Akra, Balchik (Kuzmanov 1985: 20-1, Type 15, Pl.10-1), and on the northern Pontic coast (Yakobson 1979: 9, Fig. 1.2, 5).
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Traces of pitch on the inner walls suggest perhaps a content of wine. It has a capacity of between only 3 and 11 litres.


Principal contributor: Andrei Opaiţ


Böttger 3-1

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