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This exhibition located in Amphora park in the Castle grounds, displays all kinds of very old utensils that were used for storing and transporting goods. Made out of Clay, each piece has an identifiable design, this has helped Archeologists to trace trading patterns. Most of the handles are embossed with the sign of the manufacturer, such as, a Rose for Rhodian, a Crab for Coan, and so on. The Urns were used for Olives, Wine, Olive oil, Grains, and anything else that needed storage. Amazing that so many have been found in very good condition. The containers were found mostly from Shipwrecks, and a few were found on land.
The pointed bottoms were unusual. This was done so they could be closely packed and stacked in the hulls of ships, with matting between them to stop them from breaking. This design allowed a greater number to be carried on the ships, sometimes, over a 1000 pieces, thus making the vovage a very profitable one. These were some of the 1st pieces put into the museum. They were found by Bodrum sponge divers.
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