Roman silver pepper pot

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The pepper that filled the pepper pot was grown in India. There were extensive trading links between the Romans and the peoples of the east. Spices were transported from India to the Red Sea, across the desert to the Nile and then from Egypt traded around the Roman empire by river, sea and land. Other routes may have come through Palmyra in Syria. Many Roman coins and pottery and glass fragments have been found in southern India, suggesting trade in manufactured goods and wine.

Roman hair ornament


A gold hair ornament from Roman Tunis, in north Africa. This accessory is set with pearls, emeralds and sapphires from the sub-continent.

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Gold solidus of Gratian


This Roman coin was minted in Trier, in modern Germany and found in India.

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Gold aureus of Emperor Caligula


This gold coin was minted in Rome, and found in southern India. The coin has been cut with a chisel, probably by Indian traders to check to see if it was really made of solid gold and not plated. Thus suggests that the traders’ interest was in coin as gold, not currency.

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Gold pendant


This pendant is probably from Pakistan, with designs copied from a Roman coin and a Kusham coin from the northwest of the sub-continent.

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Roman glass bowl


This Roman glass bowl was found in Bahrain. A very similar one was found in Buckinghamshire, England.

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Roman silver pepper pot