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, core dark grey, texture coarse, numerous fine to large inclusions: yellowish, white, voids
colour of freshly broken section (munsell) light red 2.5 YR 6/8, core dark grey 5 YR 4/1
texture of freshly broken surface granular
hardness hard
porosity 5%; void form: vughy (0.04-1.6), channel (0.08-1.0); void length: 0.04-1.6
inclusions 20%, length: 0.04-1.6
sorting unsorted


quartz singular, rounded, spherical, yellowish, 0.4-1.0
mica frequent, spherical, angular, elongate, white, <0.04-0.08
calciumcarbonate infrequent, rounded - angular, spherical - subspherrical, white, yellowish, 0.08-0.6
carbonate pseudomorphoses riddled with, very spherical - well rounded, subspherical, yellowish, white, white and reddish, 0.04-1.0
reddish inclusions frequent, well rounded, very spherical - subspherical, spherical-angular, reddish brown, red, <0.04-0.32
black inclusions infrequent, rounded, sherical, subangular, black, 0.08-0.68
white inclusions infrequent, rounded - very angular, spherical - subspherical, white, 0.08-0.6
foraminifera frequent, well rounded, very spherical - subspherical, white, yellowish, 0.16-0.4
more inclusions2 very frequent, very angular - subrounde, subspherical - subelongate, yellowish brown, yellowish white, reddish, 0.08-1.6
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