Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Carrot amphora fabric

Fabric Visual Characteristics

Hard, rough very sandy fabric, with frequent small-sized quartz grains protruding through the surfaces and with a scatter of small white pieces of limestone. Surface colour is often brick-red (10R 4/6) or grey (10YR 5/1) in colour.

Fabric Petrological Characteristics

Dominant non-plastic inclusions are frequent, well-sorted, fairly well-rounded grains of quartz, generally below 0.40 mm in size, with one or two slightly larger grains. The quartz is fairly evenly scattered throughout a dark brown anisotropic clay matrix. Also present are small pieces of cryptocrystalline limestone, or voids with reaction rims which once held this material, occasionally small grains of calcite, foraminifera, shreds of muscovita mica, a little argillaceous material, probably clay pellets, and some opaque iron oxide (Carreras & Williams, 2002).


Equivalent to: P&W AM 12 of the National Roman Fabric Reference Collection (Tomber & Dore, 1998: 106)

Amphora made from this fabric


i Carrot amphora