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1st Century BC - 2nd Century AD


An amphora is a two-handled storage jar that would typically have been used to hold oil, wine, milk, or grain. Amphora was also the term for a unit of measure.

Amphorae were commonly produced with a pointed base to allow for upright storage by embedding the base into soft ground, such as sand. The pointed base also facilitated transport by ship, where the amphorae were packed upright or on their sides in staggered layers.

This amphora has been kindly loaned to St Paul’s Collegiate School from David Hill’s Hawkline Collection. 

David is a Collegian of St Paul’s Collegiate School (Hamilton/Williams  1964 - 1968). 

Location: Lander Centre (Hamilton Campus)

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