Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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LRA 3 fabric

Fabric Visual Characteristics

A hard, fairly thin-walled, smoothish highly micaceous fabric, often deep reddish-brown (2.5YR 5/4 or 5YR 5/4) in colour. An earlier version is the Agora F65-66 fabric.

Fabric Petrological Characteristics

Thin sectioning shows abundant flakes of muscovite and biotite mica, together with grains of quartz, fragments of metamorphic quartzite and rarer quartz-muscovite-schist. Heavy mineral separation on samples of Late Roman 3 amphora from Tintagel produced a practically monomineralic suite of dahllite grains, while a sample from Carthage contained garnet and kyanite (Williams, 1982). Dahllite normally occurs as a secondary mineral in phosphorite, though here the euhedral form and large grain size suggest an igneous source. Taken together, the petrological results suggest an origin in an area of igneous and metamorphic rocks (Peacock & Williams, 1986: Class 45).


Equivalent to: ASM AM of the National Roman Fabric Reference Collection (Tomber & Dore, 1998: 83)

Amphora made from this fabric


i Late Roman Amphora 3