FACEM - provenience studies on pottery in the central mediterranean


fabric descriptionobject dataarchaeometry
fabric type PAE-A-2
ware Transport Amphorae
supposed site of production Paestum
certainty of arguments archaeological: quite certain
visual excamination of fresh break exterior and interior light brown, core light red, texture middle fine and compact, numerous fine and some large inclusions: white, grey, mica, voids
colour of freshly broken section (munsell) exterior and interior light reddish brown 2.5 YR 6/4, core light red 2.5 YR 6/8
texture of freshly broken surface granular
hardness hard
porosity 5%; void form: vughy (0.04-1.2), channel (0.08-0.84); void length: 0.04-1.2
inclusions 15%, length: <0.04-0.76
sorting bimodal: poorly-sorted sand in well-sorted silt


quartz very frequent, rounded - subrounded, subangular - angular, spherical - subspherical, elongate, grey, clear, white, 0.08-0.48
mica infrequent, spherical, elongate, angular, white, <0.04-0.08
calciumcarbonate singular, rounded, very spherical - subspherical, white, yellowish white, 0.12-0.28
carbonate pseudomorphoses frequent, rounded, very spherical - subspherical, subelongate, white, greyish, 0.06-0.32
reddish inclusions infrequent, rounded, spherical, reddish brown, 0.08-0.76
black inclusions infrequent, rounded, subspherical, black, 0.08-0.28
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