Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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LRA 2 fabric

Fabric Visual Characteristics

Hard, fine-grained fabric, generally smooth where undecorated, light buff (10YR 8/4) to light red (2.5YR 6/6) in colour. There are often scattered white limestone fragments up to 3 mm across readily visible and with a little mica.

Fabric Petrological Characteristics

Thin sectioning shows a scatter of subangular quartz grains ranging from 0.07-0.3 mm in size, fragments of cryptocrystalline limestone with occasional traces of fossils, flecks of muscovite mica and small amount of chert, plagioclase feldspar and metamorphic quartzite (Peacock, 1984b). This assemblage clearly indicates a source area dominated by sedimentary rocks, and many areas would qualify on this basis (Peacock & Williams, 1986: Class 43).

Amphora made from this fabric


i Late Roman Amphora 2