Salted fish and fish sauces from Masada. A preliminary report

Omri Lernau, Hannah Cotton, Yuval Goren

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Salted fish and fish sauces were produced and traded in large quantities in Roman times. This report deals with excavated evidence of fish products (salted fish, garum and allec) from Masada, a large Herodian fortress in the Judean Desert. The finds include remains of fish and inscribed amphorae, which were imported from Southern Spain. The sauce, allec, was of high quality as well as kosher. It fits well with other evidence of luxurious stores stocked by King Herod in Masada.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Allec
  • Archaeozoology
  • Garum
  • Masada
  • Roman period

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Archaeology


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