Until 31-12-2016

Imperial Amphorae

Free admission

Imperial Amphorae

Temporary exhibition that took place between June 30 and December 31 2016.

In Classical Antiquity, amphorae were food transport containers par excellence. Their abundance as an archaeological find in modern times has turned them into important records of ancient economic activity, allowing today to understand production patterns, consumption habits and trade dynamics of the Mediterranean Basin, at the time.

The exhibition departs from the port of Olisipo for destinations stretching from Gaul, to the Italian peninsula, North Africa, and even the distant coast of today’s Turkey. The exhibition showed the relationship between fragments of amphora manufactured in Lusitania and other regions of the empire, the products they transported - wine, olive oil, fish preparations - and the coins used in the transactions. Together, they bear witness to the important role played by the port of Olisipo in the Roman economy.


The archaeological excavation at the Head Office of Banco de Portugal resulted in an important archaeological collection containing more than one hundred thousand ceramic fragments from various epochs, over a period of time spanning the entire Christian era.

In the two thousand years of history that have been recovered, the initial stage is particularly important due to the volume of occurrences. Among the various items, it is the amphorae that allow for greater insight into the Roman world, the dynamics of Olisipo, and the city’s economy, which is the main subject of the Money Museum.

Following the project for the study and public dissemination of the collection that resulted from the archaeological work at Banco de Portugal, the present set emerges as a mandatory reference in the planning of temporary archaeology exhibitions. Preceded by the exhibition of Pombaline stakes, which are an icon of modern Lisbon, the display of Roman imperial amphorae transports us to a more distant world and to another city, one that, although vastly different, shared a relationship with the river and the same commercial vocation, which is the pillar of its development. At the same time, the current exhibition underlines the importance of the archaeological fragments as key elements for rescuing the memory of this period and of the various aspects of Olisipo’s integration into Roman trade networks.


Exhibition credits

Cientific coordenator
Archeologist Artur Rocha

Coordination, production and exhibition design and lighting, education and programming
Museu do Dinheiro - Departamento de Serviços de Apoio/Banco de Portugal

Architecture, design, graphics and communication project
Departamento de Serviços de Apoio - Banco de Portugal 

Audio design
Um segundo Filmes

Metalcário, Lda.

Miguel Batista

Departamento de Serviços de Apoio / Banco de Portugal



Imperial Amphorae
Temporary exhibition that took place between June 30 and December 31 2016.

During the course of the exhibition there were guided visits by Archaeologist Artur Rocha (Saturdays, 9 July, 10 September, and 1 October, at 3 p.m.)

On the remaining Saturdays, visits were guided by the Museum's educational team, at 2:30 pm (60 min.)

More information to info@museudodinheiro.pt or +351 213 213 240

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