Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Comments specific to this amphora type

Two types of clay were used: those of Fréjus-Pauvadou are orangey-beige with many sandy inclusions; those of the workshops of Istres, Viens and Marseille use a very washed beige coloured calcareous fabric (Laubenheimer and Schmitt, forthcoming). One sample observed has a soft fine textured fabric containing visible inclusions of small white mica flakes. This is a pinkish-white in colour (7.5YR 7/4 to 8/4).
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Visual characteristics

Hard, moderately rough, generally fine-textured slightly micaceous fabric, normally cream or creamy pink (7.5YR 8/2-8/4) in colour.


Thin sectioning shows some variability of fabric, as one would expect from an amphora form which was made over a fairly wide area of southern France. However, the principal inclusions are generally quartz, mica, limestone and more rarely metamorphic rocks such as quartzite, schist, etc. (Peacock, 1978; Peacock & Williams, 1986: Class 27).


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