Artisan demonstration: Oil lamps

Place: Roman city quarter
Venue: Artisans’ stands
Time: 4:30 pm to 5:00 p.m.
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Oil lamps were often the only source of light before electricity came on the scene. In a large city like Carnuntum, thousands and thousands of them were being used. These lamps burned olive oil. How were these lamps made (in such large quantities) and what traits did they have to have to be effective? 



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