Roman wooden barrel

Contributed by The Hunterian

This Roman wooden barrel was found at Bar Hill Roman Fort, Strathclyde, Scotland and was picked by Christina Gilfedder, second year student at the University of Glasgow (Single Honours Archaeology). Christina writes - This barrel head with visible bunghole, the latter being the hole bored into an air-tight container, is a fantastic example of a type of vessel that Romans used for the transportation of food and other substances, such as wine or oil. The name IANVARIVS is scratched lengthwise on exterior of one stave, possibly the merchant or owner of the barrel. The barrel head and surrounding staves are made out of oak and it is relatively small in size which makes it easily transportable. The barrel was discovered in 1936 in a refuse pit at Bar Hill fort, which allows us to date it relatively between AD 142-180.

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Bar Hill Roman Fort


second century AD


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