Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Palestinian orange fabric

Fabric Visual Characteristics

North Palestinian examples are sandy, quartz and lime-rich fabrics. A finer, buff to pale yellow fabric, with common fine lime is typical for some late fifth to seventh century AD variants (Piéri Type 3: the size of the modules suggests that Abu Mena/northern Egypt is not the source (Piéri pers. comm.). Another common fabric is orange-red brown in colour and rich in iron oxide pellets, lime and quartz (another late fifth to seventh century AD Piéri Type 3 source: Judaea?). Some sixth century AD examples have a fabric very close to that of Gazan amphorae (Almagro 54) (for some illustrations of the range of Late Roman Amphora 5 and their fabrics, see Reynolds, 2005a).

Fabric Petrological Characteristics

Thin-sections of the orange fabric show abundant well-sorted sand inclusions, average size 0.25 mm, comprising well-rounded to subrounded quartz grains with a scatter of rounded biosparite limestone grains and occasional plagioclase feldspar (Peacock & Williams, 1986: Class 46).


Equivalent to: PAL AM of the National Roman Fabric Reference Collection (Tomber & Dore, 1998: 103)

Amphora made from this fabric


i Late Roman Amphora 5