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 reddish brown, core dark grey, texture very coarse, numerous fine to large inclusions: yellowish, reddish, black, voids
colour of freshly broken section (munsell) pink 7.5 YR 7/4, core grey 7.5 YR 5/0
texture of freshly broken surface granular
hardness soft
porosity 15%; void form: vughy (0.08-5.6), channel (0.08-2.4); void length: 0.08-5.6
inclusions 25%, length: <0.04-4.8
sorting unsorted


quartz infrequent, well rounded - rounded, very spherical - subspherical, grey, 0.12-0.28
mica infrequent, angular, elongate, white, <0.04-0.04
calciumcarbonate very frequent, well rounded - subrounded, subangular, spherical - subspherical, subelongate - very elongate, yellowish, white, grey, <0.04-2.4
carbonate pseudomorphoses infrequent, rounded, subspherical, white, 0.04-1.0
reddish inclusions frequent, rounded, very spherical - subspherical, elongate, red, reddish brown, <0.04-1.2
black inclusions frequent, subrounded, subangular - angular, elongate, black, 0.04-0.72
foraminifera frequent, well rounded, rounded, very spherical, subspherical, very elongate, grey, white, 0.16-0.8
more inclusions2 very frequent, subangular - very angular, spherical - subspherical, elongate - subelongate, yellowish brown, greyish white, 0.08-4.8
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