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: yellowish, white, voids
colour of freshly broken section (munsell) light red 2.5 YR 6/8
texture of freshly broken surface granular
hardness hard
porosity 5%; void form: vughy (0.06-1.0), channel (0.08-1.3); void length: 0.06-1.3
inclusions 15%, length: <0.04-1.5
sorting unsorted


mica riddled with, angular, spherical, elongate, white, <0.04-0.04
calciumcarbonate frequent, rounded, spherical, elongate, white, yellowish white, 0.04-0.4
carbonate pseudomorphoses riddled with, well rounded - rounded, very spherical - subspherical, white, yellowish white, 0.04-0.28
reddish inclusions very frequent, well rounded - rounded, very spherical - subspherical, subelongate, reddish brown, red, <0.04-0.52
black inclusions singular, rounded, very angular, spherical, elongate, black, 0.04-0.12
foraminifera frequent, well rounded, very spherical, subspherical, very elongate, white, yellowish, 0.12-0.28
more inclusions2 frequent, subrounded - very angular, very elongate - subelongate, subspherical, yellowish white, yellowish brown, reddish, 0.04-1.5
more inclusions3 singular, well rounded - angular, very spherical - subspherical, elongate, white, grey, yellowish, 0.08-0.6
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