Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Beirut City fabric

Fabric Visual Characteristics

Classic Beirut clay. Orange/red brown in colour, often with pimply surfaces due to the common mix in size of fine to 1mm semi-rounded quartz grains. The lime content varies from moderate to common, and varies from fine up to 0.5mm in size when viewed in a granular break. Vessels from Jiyé (near Sidon) are identical to the Beirut fabric, fired red brown or reduced dark grey in colour with pimply surfaces, quite compact. Perhaps less lime and less sandy than Beirut city products? There are also some pale yellow examples (cf. similar fabric for some AM 72 amphorae). The Khalde examples have a more pale rusty orange fabric with common fine lime. The surface colour tends to rub off.

Fabric Petrological Characteristics

Petrological details not available.

Amphora made from this fabric


i Beirut 1

i Beirut 2

i Beirut 3

i Beirut 8