Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

With Daniel von Recklinghausen, Jeffrey Spencer, Valerie Smallwood, Virginia Webb and Susan Woodford

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Greek transport amphorae


Alan Johnston

This short chapter reviews the range of transport amphorae found at Naukratis, while the study of the large number of stamped jars is reserved for a separate chapter. Almost all extant material was preserved by the early excavators because the fragments were in some way inscribed. The more recent work at the site, together with some remarks of Petrie, show that we must be patient before a more definitive picture of imports, and indeed local production, can emerge. Amphorae of Greek and Levantine origin are found from all periods of the site, although there was a dip in numbers during the Classical period.

Corinthian B amphora, 5th century BC. British Museum, 1910,0222.250