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 light red, texture middle fine, numerous fine to large inclusions: white, yellowish, red, grey, voids
colour of freshly broken section (munsell) etxterior pink 5 YR 7/4, core and interior light red 2.5 YR 6/8
texture of freshly broken surface irregular
hardness hard
porosity 5%; void form: vughy (0.04-3.6), channel (0.06-2.0); void length: 0.04-3.6
inclusions 12.5%, length: <0.04-1.4
sorting unsorted


mica very frequent, elongate, angular, spherical, white, <0.04-0.04
calciumcarbonate riddled with, well rounded - subrounded, very spherical - subspherical, yellowish, white, <0.04-0.6
carbonate pseudomorphoses very frequent, rounded, very spherical - subspherical, subelongate, yellowish, white, 0.04-0.4
reddish inclusions very frequent, well rounded - rounded, very spherical - subspherical, elongate, red, reddish brown, <0.04-0.9
black inclusions frequent, rounded, very spherical - subspherical, elongate, black, <0.04-0.2
white inclusions singular, rounded, spherical, white, 0.32-0.4
foraminifera frequent, well rounded, very spherical, subspherical, very elongate, white, yellowish, 0.1-0.32
more inclusions2 frequent, subangular - very angular, subspherical,elongate - subelongate, yellowish white, red, 0.08-1.4
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