Roman olive spoon from the Augster silver treasure, around 350 AD.


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The device often referred to as a “wine strainer” is probably an olive spoon. Olive spoons are still used today in many areas of the Mediterranean. This spoon comes from the famous silver treasure of Kaiseraugst near Basel, Switzerland, which was buried around 350 AD in the area of the late Roman fort; it consisted of 270 objects and weighed 57.5 kg. The spoon has a length of 18.6 cm.

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