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Vienne: Roman river boat with casks and amphorae


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In the Musée archéologique de St.Romain en Gal-Vienne is a full scale replica of a Roman river boat filled with a cargo of amphorae and barrels or casks used to transport wine, olive oil, and other cargo between towns.

Amphorae had long been used in the Graeco-Roman world of Mediterranean trade, while casks were native inventions of the Gauls. Their combined use in the busy Rhône port of Vienne illustrates the cultural mixture of Gallo-Roman commerce and society in the 1st-4th centuries AD.

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[Fig.1: Life-sized model of Roman riverboat at Vienne (photo: Athena Review; Musee archeologique).]


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