henry copeland: Who knew there's a 160-foot-tall mound of 25 million amphorae shards in Rome? pllqt.it/yPlTFB
Roman rubbish dump reveals secrets of ancient trading networks - TelegraphThey are calculating the huge quantities of olive oil and wine that Rome imported in order to supply its civilian population as well as its vast legions as they pushed the boundaries of the Roman Empire ever further outwards in the first and second centuries AD. Some of the amphorae were used to transport “garum”, a smelly sauce made from fermented fish blood and intestines that the Romans relished as a condiment. The inscriptions even identify the makers of the amphorae and the names of the traders who imported them to Rome.