Roman corn-storage jar (fragment)

Contributed by The Musgrave Collection Eastbourne

Roman corn-storage jar (fragment)

1.The archaeological section of this Museum contains an interesting piece of Roman pottery alongside forty paintings depicting the life story of St Paul, which took twenty years to paint (based on researches in the actual locations of the events recorded nearly 2,000 years ago).These researches led to Malta,and George Musgrave reached the opinion that the site of the shipwreck was in a different bay from that which had been assumed.
To research his theory he hired a craft equivalent in size to that which had carried the Apostle in the first century and established from the deck height what had been observed by the travellers of long ago. He then used some skin-divers from HMS Ark Royal to search the sea bed at the spot he had estimated the ship to have anchored that night. In 30ft of water they came up with fragments of Roman pottery!
2.This fragment illuminates not just the precariousness of travel-and survival- in those times; it is probably part of the story of a man whose cultural impact would be incalculable.
3.It makes us think how seemingly everyday objects can impart invaluable information when considered in the context of their production, destruction and rediscovery.

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