Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Dressel 6B

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Dressel 6B fabric

Visual characteristics

Fairly soft, fine-textured, commonly brick red (2.5YR 6/6-6/8) to buff (7.5YR 7/4) in colour with a pale orange core.


Petrological analysis has been made of the products from a number of workshops (Bezeczky 1987). Petrological analyses can distinguish between amphorae of Italian and Istrian origin. The characteristic ’terra rossa’ was use in the Istrian vessels. This was tempered by rocks rich in carbonate and sea sand. The Italian pieces can be distinguished by the presence of pyroxene. The heavy minerals grains are usually bigger, especially the piroxene, epidote, and granite. All the Dressel 6B amphorae have large quantities of shell granules and microrganisms, e.g., planctonic foraminifera and geodia sponge spicules. On the basis of the thin sections analysis and the heavy mineral preparations from the amphorae of the Laecanius workshop, it can be stated that the same workshop used non homogenous material and the firing temperature varied between 750 and 900 degrees centigrade (Bezeczky, 1987; 1994c). Tamás Bezeczky