Exhibtion catalogue - Imperial Amphorae
June 30 to December 31, 2016
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.