FACEM - provenience studies on pottery in the central mediterranean


fabric descriptionobject dataarchaeometry
fabric type LIL-A-1
ware Transport Amphorae
supposed site of production Lilibeo / Lilybaion
certainty of arguments archaeometric: certain, archaeological: quite certain
visual excamination of fresh break colour light red, core weak red, coarse texture, numerous small to large inclusions: white, grey, black, mica, voids
colour of freshly broken section (munsell) core reddish brown 2.5 YR 5/6, peripheral area light red 10 R 6/8
texture of freshly broken surface irregular
hardness hard
porosity 7.5%; void form: vughy, channel; void length: 0.04 (vughy), 0.06 (channel)-2.2 (vughy), 1.8 (channel)
inclusions 27.5%, length: <0.04-1.8
sorting bimodal: poorly-sorted sand in well-sorted silt


quartz very frequent, well rounded - rounded, subangular, very spherical - subspherical, elongate, grey, clear, white, reddish brown, 0.04-0.9
mica infrequent, spherical, elongate, white, <0.04-0.04
calciumcarbonate frequent, rounded - subrounded, very spherical - subspherical, elongate - subelongate, white, yellowish white, 0.04-1.2
carbonate pseudomorphoses frequent, rounded - subrounded, spherical - subspherical, subelongate, white, yellowish white, 0.06-1.8
reddish inclusions singular, rounded, very spherical, red, reddish brown, 0.04-0.12
black inclusions singular, well rounded - rounded, very spherical - subspherical, black, 0.12-0.44
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