Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Amrit amphora

No thin sections available

Amrit fabric

Visual characteristics

Quite thick-walled and in a coarse fabric. Usually fired pale grey-brown or pale red brown in colour, and containing large rounded pieces of lime and common pale grey fossil shell, as well as inclusions of iron oxide and argillaceous material. The fabric of individual vessels can vary according to the mix of these inclusions, for example some have more argillaceous material than others. Volcanic material is probably also present, but rare (in contrast to Ras al Basit products). Some early third century AD examples (scored handles of this form, or perhaps the globular amphora mentioned) have more common lime and are fired yellow ochre in colour.


A fairly clean lime rich clay matrix containing frequent pieces of fossiliferous limestone, some argillaceous material with radiolarian chert and a little quartz.