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Saturday, August 18, 2012
Roman amphora full of wine found in Andalusia
Archaeologists in Vélez-Málaga Town Hall have discovered a Roman Amphora, dating from the first century.
The Amphora [Credit: EFE]
The Amphora had been lost for years, but was found again in 1960 before being forgotten once again.
What’s more the experts say it’s still full of wine which they think is in ‘perfect conditions’ because the vessel is hermetically sealed.
The Councillor for Culture and Heritage in Vélez-Málaga, José Antonio Fortes (PP), explain to journalists that the amphora was hermetically ‘sealed with resin and lime, and contains between 25 and 30 litres of a liquid which the municipal technicians think is wine.
Destined to be part of the merchandise going from Hispania to Rome, the Amphora was left forgotten in Vélez-Málaga Town Hall, found in 1960 in the basements of the Beniel Palace, and then forgotten again in the municipal buildings.
The metre-high Amphora will form part of the new museum on Vélez-Málaga History, which will hold Mesopotamian, Greek, Phoenician and Roman items in the old Hospital de San Juan de Dios, which was founded at the end of the 15th century by the Catholic Kings.
The contents are to be analyzed in a few days time, by a specialist laboratory. Seems a bit of a shame, but Cheers!