How a Roman amphora is born

Discovering how the Romans used to make crockery or amphorae used to transport goods was one of the goals of potter Paulo Franco and Quinta do Rouxinol, in Seixal. The recovery of this art has already earned international interest.

With a stick and some canes, the potter Paulo Franco manages to reconstruct the way the Romans modeled the amphoras that two thousand years ago transported fish, oil or wine from the Tagus beaches to all of Europe.

The recovery of this art by the Portuguese artisan has already deserved international attention, because amphoras are central pieces in international trade during the Roman period, with traces of these vessels being found throughout Europe and North Africa. At Quinta dos Rouxinóis (Seixal) it was possible to combine the modeling of clay with its cooking, since there an oven was rebuilt following the model of similar structures found nearby during archaeological excavations.

The meeting of these two areas has attracted the attention of specialists from all over the world and, in 2010, that center was the stage for an international seminar dedicated to the theme.

In this report you can hear testimonies from Paulo Franco, potter; Jorge Raposo, archeologist at the Seixal Municipal Ecomuseum; Carlos Fabião, researcher at the University of Lisbon; David Williams, professor at the University of Southampton and César Santos, archaeologist.

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