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Inventoried Object
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Objects
Subject number
P 578
Typological identification
Late Roman Amphora 2
Large amphora with rounded body, conic neck, and heavily constructed and flaring rim with slight rounded outer profile; rim is sharply delineated from beck. Oval in section handles spring from high on neck to mid shoulder. Prominent triangular toe is thickened and offset at end to form rounded terminus.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
The piece is on display in the Isthmia Museum gallery under artificial light so that no Munsell readings were taken. The breaks are not visible due to refitting and infilling. Where visible near surface the fabric is very slightly granular and fired to pale pink, with frequent medium calcareous chunks and less common large calcareous chunks. Frequent very small to tiny light (many calcareous) bits, fewer reddish to dark bits. Very rare glistening bits (though that may be due to interior lighting). In all regards this is “Southern Argolid Fabric”. Upper portion of body has pale slip, which becomes patchy at and below widest point. Light ridging (distinctly not combing) on shoulder, just overlapping with lowest level of handles and ending just before widest point of body. There is an additional band of very light ridging towards base.
Preservation comment
Approximately 30 sherds have been refit to restore complete profile. Neck, rim, and both handles are preserved as a single sherd. Entire base preseved as part of large sherd. Approximately 20% of body area is restored by modern plaster infilling, mostly in one large section, with other smaller gaps likewise filled. Where extant the original surface is usually well preserved, though there are many large calcereous chunks breaking through exterior surface with large surrounding craters. Inner surface not completley visible, though chunks are also visible (though as part of original firing and not subsequent fracture).
Published as
KenchreaiIV, pp. 114-115, no. RC 14, pl. 26 (B. Adamsheck)
Base Diameter
Handle width
Neck Height
Rim diameter
Ceramic (Material)
Suggested citation
“KE 2135 (Late Roman Amphora 2).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2024. <>