FACEM - provenience studies on pottery in the central mediterranean


fabric descriptionobject dataarchaeometry
fabric type PAE-A-3
fabric previously published as F. 45
ware Transport Amphorae
supposed site of production Paestum
certainty of arguments archaeological: quite certain
visual excamination of fresh break colour light yellowish red, texture coarse and compact, numerous fine to large inclusions: white, black, reddish, mica, voids
colour of freshly broken section (munsell) reddish yellow - yellowish red 2.5 YR 6/6-5/6
texture of freshly broken surface granular
hardness hard
porosity 7.5%; void form: vughy (0.04-0.76), channel (0.08-1.0); void length: 0.04-0.76
inclusions 25%, length: <0.04-2.6
sorting bimodal: poorly-sorted sand in well-sorted silt


quartz riddled with, well rounded - rounded, subangular - angular, very spherical - subspherical, subelongate, grey, white, clear, 0.15-0.8
mica frequent, spherical, angular, white, dark, <0.04-0.06
calciumcarbonate infrequent, well rounded - rounded, very spherical - subspherical, white, 0.04-0.12
carbonate pseudomorphoses infrequent, well rounded - rounded, very spherical - subspherical, white, 0.12-0.4
reddish inclusions very frequent, well rounded - subrounded, very spherical - subspherical, subelongate, elongate, reddish brown, <0.04-2.6
black inclusions frequent, rounded, subangular, spherical - subspherical, subelongate, elongate, black, 0.08-1.08
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