Named after their distinctive shape that is similar to a modern date carrot, these amphorae date to 43-410 AD and are thought to have been used to import exotic fruits to Roman Britain.
These amphorae were likely made in Palestine, where they were then filled with dates and figs, possibly preserved in honey, before being shipped off to other parts of the Roman Empire, including Britain. It will have provided the Roman-British population with a delightfully sweet treat. Providing they could afford the luxury.
One of our sources of inspiration was a carrot amphora that is now in the Exeter Archaeology collection when making this amphora.
Approx. 330mm high, 100mm diameter
As with all my Museum Quality Replicas, we have made this pot, as the original would have been, entirely by hand from natural clay and using replicas of the types of tool that the ancient makers would have used. As each pot varies, you may not receive the same cup in the image, but you can be sure that your pot will be one of a kind due to the variations caused by the firing process.
Health & Safety
This pot is a Museum Quality Replica made using the tools and techniques that ancient potters would have used during this era. As this is an unglazed pot with a porous surface, it will absorb some of the flavours during the cooking process or when used as food storage, which does add to the taste of future dishes. However, it does also mean that this pot does not meet modern Health and Safety standards, and therefore, we do not advise that you use it for cooking or storing foodstuffs. When ancient cooks used these pots, they relied on applying sufficient heat to the pot and contents to ensure that the heat killed all bacteria. Heating to over 70°C for at least 10 minutes would have killed most disease-causing bacteria, and temperatures of 100°C would do even more.
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