These working files contain published examples of individual amphora
fragments, often enhanced or corrected from unpublished examples in the
AMPHORAS archive. The files are subject to continual editing and
updating; they are intended to help other amphorists find published
parallels for their amphora material, as Virginia Grace did for so many
years. They are not for direct publication.
The original publication may, of course, be quoted freely, but additional
information from these databases should be checked with
the AMPHORAS Project: omitted here are
internal notes about inconsistencies, things to be checked, debates
about origin, dating, etc. In addition, the dates assigned to
archaeological contexts have often been modified since the original
publication, and even since the amphora material in them was last
studied. All context dates should be checked with the appropriate
excavation before being used.
- A list of Project abbreviations is provided at the beginning of
each search screen: these are many, and sometimes cryptic. The
results screen contains also a link to the Bibliography to help
resolve the abbreviations used for publications.
- Enter only one search term on each line in the search form. Each
term entered further limits the records retrieved. Thus a search for
Class: Rh by itself will retrieve thousands of records (in most
databases), a search for Description: asty may retrieve a handful,
but a search for Class: Rh[odian] and Description:
asty[nome] will retrieve none: the astynome magistracy is found only
on stamps from Sinope and other sites of the North Black Sea area.
It is a good idea to "Clear all fields" before entering terms for a
- A '?' may be used to mean "any one letter in this position". It
may not be the first letter in the search term. In a database containing
stamps of the Rhodian fabricant Mikythos, a search for M??UQ will find
all the stamps with the name, but a search for ???UQ will not: the
first '?' will be treated as a literal question mark.
- A '!' may be used to mean "not" in front of any search term. Thus
a search for Description: rs will usually find thousands of Rhodian
stamps with the national rose device on them, while Class: !Rh
and Description: rs will limit the selection to non-Rhodian
stamps with roses (usually only a few).
- Amphoras found at the Athenian Agora
- Amphoras found at Corinth