FACEM - provenience studies on pottery in the central mediterranean


fabric descriptionobject dataarchaeometry
fabric type MALTA-HP-1
ware Handmade Pottery
Local Handmade
supposed site of production Malta
certainty of arguments archaeological: quite certain
visual excamination of fresh break colour yellowish red, exterior brownish, texture coarse, numerous fine to large inclusions: yellowish, white, grey, red, voids
colour of freshly broken section (munsell) exterior light brown 7.5 YR 6/3, interior and core reddish yellow 5 YR 6/6
texture of freshly broken surface granular
hardness soft
porosity 15%; void form: vughy (0.04-2.4), channel (0.06-2.0); void length: 0.04-2.4
inclusions 25%, length: <0.04-2.6
sorting unsorted


quartz infrequent, well rounded - rounded, subangular, subspherical , elongate, white, grey, clear, 0,12-2.0
mica infrequent, spherical, white, <0.04-0.04
calciumcarbonate riddled with, well rounded - subrounded, very spherical - subspherical, yellowish, white, <0.04-2.0
carbonate pseudomorphoses singular, well rounded, very spherical - subspherical, white, 0,04-0,12
reddish inclusions very frequent, well rounded - rounded, very spherical, elongate, red, reddish brown, <0.04-0.4
black inclusions infrequent, rounded, spherical, elongate, black, <0.04-0.12
foraminifera frequent, well rounded, rounded, very spherical, subspherical, white, 0.08-0.4
more inclusions2 very frequent, subangular - very angular, subspherical, elongate - subelongate, yellowish brown, yellowish white, white, reddish, 0.08-2.6
more inclusions3 singular, subangular, subelongate, white+black, 2.0
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