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Archaeologists find ancient storage jar under Roman road

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IPPLEPEN, England, July 27 (UPI) -- The excavation of an ancient Roman road that once ran through the British Isles has yielded a unique archeological find. Researchers with the University of Exeter has uncovered fragments of an ancient storage jar.

Archaeologists have been excavating the road, complete with potholes and wheel ruts, for nearly a year. Their work has offered new insight into how the communities of Roman Britain functioned.

The latest clue as to what life might have been like 2,000 years ago, near Ipplepen, England, is a pottery fragment -- a large piece of what's referred to as an amphora.

The storage jar was likely used to carry food stuffs across Europe, from Rome to "Britannia." Archaeologists say the jar likely carried olive oil or wine.

"It's amazing to think the amphora has travelled hundreds of miles across land and sea to end up under our Roman road at Ipplepen," Danielle Wootton, an archaeologist at the University of Exeter, said in a press release. "The amphora had lots of 2,000 year old fractures, so we had to lift it very carefully. As you can imagine, it was a relief when we got it out in one piece."

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2015/07/27/Archaeologists-find-ancient-storage-jar-under-Roman-road/9041438004535/?spt=mps&or=1&sn=sn

 
 
 

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