FACEM - provenience studies on pottery in the central mediterranean


fabric descriptionobject dataarchaeometry
fabric type MALTA-A-4
ware Transport Amphorae
supposed site of production Malta
certainty of arguments archaeological: quite certain
visual excamination of fresh break colour (sandwich) reddish, grey, light grey, red, reddish grey, texture middle fine and compact, numerous fine to some large inclusions: white, yellowish, black, pseudomorphoses, voids
colour of freshly broken section (munsell) light brownish grey 2.5 YR 6/2, pale yellow 2.5 YR 7/3, core pink 5 YR 7/4
texture of freshly broken surface granular
hardness hard
porosity 7.5%; void form: vughy (0.04-0.6), channel (0.04-0.6); void length: 0.04-0.6
inclusions 30%, length: 0.04-1.2
sorting unsorted


mica frequent, elongate, spherical, angular, white, <0.04-0.04
calciumcarbonate singular, well rounded, very spherical, white, yellowish, 0.04-0.4
carbonate pseudomorphoses riddled with, well rounded - rounded, very spherical - subspherical, subelongate, white, yellowish, <0.04->1.2
reddish inclusions frequent, well rounded - rounded, very spherical - subspherical, elongate, red, reddish brown, 0.04-0.06
black inclusions infrequent, subrounded, subspherical, elongate, angular, black, <0.04-0.6
white inclusions singular, rounded, elongate, white, 0.16
foraminifera very frequent, rounded - subrounded, very spherical, very elongate, white, yellowish, 0.12-0.4
more inclusions2 frequent, subrounded - angular, subspherical, elongate - subelongate, yellowish white, 0.12-0.8
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