Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Richborough 527 fabric

Fabric Visual Characteristics

A thick, very rough fabric, greenish-grey (5Y 7/2) in colour and containing frequent large rounded rock fragments up to 5 mm across, many of which are colourless volcanic glass or grey, black and red scoriaceous lava.

Fabric Petrological Characteristics

The fabrics can be divided into two main groups (A and B) and several sub-groups. In the Group A, the matrix is calcium-rich to iron-rich and the (natural?) temper is abundant and poorly-sorted. The lower granulometric fraction is rich in quartz, feldspar, and mica grains and calcareous microfossils, while the coarser inclusions (up to 1 mm across) are mainly formed by acid metamorphic and basic volcanic rock fragments. The provenance of the raw materials could be localised in north-east Sicily. In the Group B, the matrix is carbonate-rich. The inclusions are more or less abundant and well-sorted. The lower fraction is composed of quartz grains and microfossils, while the coarser one (over 1 mm across) is formed by volcanic elements, including obsidian and pumice fragments. The volcanic temper is probably from Lipari, but the provenance of the carbonate-rich (marine) clay is unknown (Capelli & Borgard, In press). Claudio Capelli


Equivalent to: LIP AM 1 of the National Roman Fabric Reference Collection (Tomber & Dore, 1998: 99)

Amphora made from this fabric


i Richborough 527