Made in the south of Portugal in the Alentejo region and in the south of Spain in the vicinity of Seville, the ancient-looking oil amphorae with a greenish interior glaze were used on Spanish warships and merchant ships as standardised transport containers for olive oil, Wine, olives, plums, capers, beans, chickpeas, honey, lard and tar were transported in this way to Northern Europe, where they have been found in coastal harbour towns such as Emden, Bremen and Hamburg. The oil amphorae shown here have a spherical or sugar-cap-shaped vessel body.
Age: 1600 - 1800 n. Chr. Modern period
Modern period: The modern era began around 1500 with the Reformation and the discovery of America. Characteristic of this era are the enormous changes in society, not only in Europe, which were triggered by events such as the French Revolution, wars, and, last but not least, industrialisation. New technologies made it possible to produce mass goods, and industrial production shifted to cities, which grew into large towns. The invention of new, faster means of transport shortened travel times. Goods, fashions and ideas could now be exchanged much more quickly and widely than before. The end of the First World War in 1918 marked the beginning of modernity, the main feature of which was the ever faster development of progress.