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 and light red, texture fine and compact, numerous fine to some large inclusions: white, grey, red/reddish brown, voids
colour of freshly broken section (munsell) exterior light red 2.5 YR 6/6, interior and core light red 2.5 YR 6/8
texture of freshly broken surface regular
hardness very hard
porosity 5%; void form: vughy (0.04-1.2), channel (0.08-0.6); void length: 0.04-1.2
inclusions 15%, length: 0.04-2.0
sorting unsorted


quartz singular, well rounded, very spherical - subspherical, elongate - subelongate, white, grey, clear, 0.04-0,64
mica frequent, spherical, elongate, angular, white, dark, <0.04-0.04
calciumcarbonate riddled with, rounded - subrounded, very spherical - subspherical, elongate, white, yellowish, 0.04-0.72
carbonate pseudomorphoses very frequent, rounded, very spherical - subspherical, subelongate, white, yellowish, 0.08-0.6
reddish inclusions very frequent, well rounded - rounded, very spherical - subspherical, elongate, red, reddish brown, <0.04-1.4
black inclusions infrequent, well rounded - rounded, very spherical - subspherical, elongate, black, <0.04-0.8
foraminifera frequent, rounded, very spherical, very elongate, white, reddish, grey, 0.08-0.28
more inclusions2 frequent, rounded, angular, subspherical - subelongate, red, yellowish brown, 0.08-2.0
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