Amphora Brent. In the Krasnodar region, Russian archaeologists have found the most ancient amphora with oil age in 2500 years

In the Krasnodar region, Russian archaeologists have found the most ancient amphora with oil. The very oil in the vessel of the fifth century BC, for two and a half thousand years turned into a heavy dense mass.

Specimens found in the Krasnodar region of oil sent to the experts in order to understand who and where the oil is extracted. And here is the question: how much time was worth a barrel of “black gold”, the answer is unfortunately no.
In the fifth century BC Oil, of course, not drilled, taken directly from under their feet. Popularity of the liquid at the time did not use, experts say. Otherwise, the archaeologists of the Institute of History of Material Culture would not be the first to have found such ancient amphora with oil.
That oil was placed in a vessel, said that it somewhere carried about the points of origin and destination too early to say, but found amphora close to the crossing in the Crimea, told a direct participant of the expedition, researcher of the Department of the security archeology IHMC Sergey Solovyov.

Sergei Solovyov
member of the expedition, researcher of the Department of Archaeology security IHMC
“The village of Ilyich, Temryuk district of the Krasnodar Territory - here - the well-known medieval settlement Ilich Ilichevka. Around him there are other monuments, settlements, burial grounds. One of these settlements next to the mound, we dig up, but this settlement is not likely to medieval, and an earlier time. And during the excavations of this settlement we found this amphora “.

As for the cost. It would be easy: take the amount of amphorae are translated into barrels liters, to find out what in the fifth century BC could change this amphora and through cross-rate conventional “sable skins” dollars and get an answer: how much worth a barrel.
But no, says the head of the sector of the ancient antique archeology department of the State Hermitage Museum, Alexander Butyagin.
Alexander Butyagin
Head of the Department of Archaeology of the ancient antique Department of State Hermitage Museum
“I understand that the” feature “of this discovery - that all suggest that the oil trade - this is purely a medieval phenomenon. Maybe in the Roman period started a little haggling. And in order to find the cost, you need to find a market price, ie a rate increase or any evidence in written sources, but they are not, therefore, find its market value is impossible. You do not answer to any one person. ”

From the assumptions of the experts: the oil could be used for gravelights, and if so, it is worth remembering that an amphora of olive oil, which also was used in lamps, was the main prize at the Olympic Games, that is, if we continue to dream, then a barrel of oil in the fifth century BC BC if and traded on the market, it is certainly not for the 43 ancient dollar.

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