Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Beltrán 72

Distinctive Features

This is a small amphora, distinguished by its bottom-heavy appearance. The neck is broad, with the curved handles attached at the rim and the base of the neck. The body expands outwards in a pear shape and the base is a substantial, hollow, triangular spike. See also a smaller version at Augst called Petite Lusitanienne (Martin-Kilcher, 1994).
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Date Range

Mid third to fifth century AD.
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Baetican production of this form is not at all well known. Production is only attested to at the kilns of Los Matagallares (Salobreña, Granada).
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The type is common in Lusitania, present at Ostia and Herculaneum and in two wrecks off the coast of Ibiza and Cap B’nat (Parker, 1977); it also formed part of the cargo of the Cabrera III shipwreck. Examples have been found at: Cádiz, Jaén, Mérida (Spain); Italy; North Africa; Bracara Augusta, São Cucufate (Portugal); Augst (Switzerland).
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Fish sauce is supposed for this small amphora, but there is no epigraphic evidence.


Principal contributor: Carlos Fabião


Petite Lusitanian


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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