Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Sagalassos 4 fabric

Fabric Visual Characteristics

The core colour is yellowish-red (between 2.5R 4/8 and 5YR 5/6). Surfaces are between red (2.5YR 5/8) and reddish-yellow (5YR 6/6). Hard to very hard with a rough to harsh feel, sometimes powdery. The fracture is always hackly. The frequency of the inclusions is sparse to moderate and they are mostly dull white and dark red in colour, but on rare occasions there are also shiny yellow or shiny black ones. The size of the inclusions is normally less than 0.5 mm but sometimes larger ones up to 1.5 mm are found. Inclusions are mostly angular. At times there are also larger dull white lumps present. The inclusions are usually well-sorted, but some ill-assorted examples also exist. Surface treatment can be wiped or smoothed (Degeest, 2000: 84). However, “continued macroscopic classification of the fabric from a wider variety of chronological deposits has indicated more compositional variety than previously thought, leading us to consider Fabric 4 more as a group than a single fabric” (Poblome et al, 2008: 1002).

Fabric Petrological Characteristics

For a detailed description, see Degeest, 2000: 84-85, 318 (fig. 6), 319 (fig. 14), 321 (fig. 23); also Appendix C (307), Appendix D (311-312).

Amphora made from this fabric


i Sagalassos