FACEM - provenience studies on pottery in the central mediterranean


fabric descriptionobject dataarchaeometry
fabric type MALTA-A-1
ware Transport Amphorae
supposed site of production Malta
certainty of arguments archaeological: quite certain
visual excamination of fresh break colour red, texture middle fine, numerous fine to large inclusions: white, grey, red, voids
colour of freshly broken section (munsell) light red 2.5 YR 6/8
texture of freshly broken surface irregular
hardness hard
porosity 5%; void form: vughy (0.04-4.0), channel (0.08-0.8); void length: 0.04-4.0
inclusions 12.5%, length: <0.04-3.0
sorting unsorted


mica very frequent, spherical, elongate, angular, white, <0.04-0.06
calciumcarbonate riddled with, well rounded - subrounded, very spherical - subspherical, white, yellowish, 0.04-0.68
carbonate pseudomorphoses very frequent, very spherical - subspherical, subelongate, white, yellowish, 0.04-0.4
reddish inclusions frequent, subrounded, very spherical - subspherical, elongate, very elongate, red, reddish brown, <0.04-1.08
black inclusions infrequent, well rounded - rounded, very spherical, elongate, black, <0.04-0.08
white inclusions singular, well rounded, very spherical, white, yellowish, 0.08-0.12
foraminifera very frequent, rounded, very spherical, subspherical, very elongate, white, yellowish, 0,1-0.8
more inclusions2 infrequent, angular - very angular, subelongate, yellowish white, 0.08-3.0
more inclusions3 frequent, angular - subrounded, subspherical, elongate, red, reddish brown and white, 1.2-2.4
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