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Exhibit of the Week: Amphorae were used in the transportation of goods
When this strange looking object was first seen by one of the volunteers at Malton Museum he christened it the ‘Roman traffic cone’. He was holding it upside down and this hollow spike is in fact the lower part of a vessel known in Latin as an amphora, and has possibly been adapted later for some other use. Amphorae of this type were made in southern Spain, especially around Cadiz, and used to export the highly pungent fish-based products made there.
 

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Howard Croft column: Remote connection to a famous spy ring
Many years ago I was trying one Saturday to cross 5th Avenue in New York, close to the Plaza Hotel, but I was prevented from doing so by a seemingly interminable parade. Perhaps it was St Patrick’s Day, or Italian Americans’ Day, one of those. I was not alone and as my exasperation grew I decided to express my irritation to a little old lady standing next to me, complaining that there always seemed to be a parade along 5th Avenue on a Saturday.
 

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