FACEM - provenience studies on pottery in the central mediterranean


fabric descriptionobject dataarchaeometry
fabric type MALTA-HP-1
ware Handmade Pottery
Local Handmade
supposed site of production Malta
certainty of arguments archaeological: quite certain
visual excamination of fresh break colour light yellowish red, core grey, texture very coarse, numerous fine to large inclusions: yellowish, reddish, dark grey, voids
colour of freshly broken section (munsell) exterior reddish yellow 7.5 YR 7/6, interior brown 7.5 YR 5/3, core grey 7.5 YR 5/0
texture of freshly broken surface granular
hardness soft
porosity 15%; void form: vughy (0.04-2.8), channel (0.06-4.0); void length: 0.04-4.0
inclusions 25%, length: <0.04-3.8
sorting unsorted


quartz infrequent, well rounded - rounded, very spherical - subspherical, grey, white, 0.06-0.32
mica infrequent, spherical, angular, elongate, white, <0.04-0.08
calciumcarbonate riddled with, well rounded, subangular, very spherical, elongate, yellowish, white, 0.04-0.4
carbonate pseudomorphoses singular, rounded, subspherical, white, 0.5
reddish inclusions frequent, well rounded, very spherical - subspherical, elongate, reddish brown, <0.04-0.4
black inclusions frequent, well rounded - subrounded, subangular, very spherical - subspherical, elongate, black, <0.04-2.8
foraminifera infrequent, well rounded, rounded, very spherical, subspherical, very elongate, white, reddish, grey, 0.1-2.2
more inclusions2 very frequent, subangular - very angular, subspherical - subelongate, elongate, greyish brown, yellowish brown, yellowish white, 0.08-3.8
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