Roman Amphorae: a digital resource

University of Southampton, 2005 (updated 2014)

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Lomba do Canho 67

No thin sections available

Haltern 70 fabric


Equivalent to: BAT AM 1 of the National Roman Fabric Reference Collection (Tomber & Dore, 1998: 84)

Visual characteristics

A hard, rough fabric, buff (7.5YR 7/4) with numerous white and colourless inclusions. This fabric is very similar to that of Dressel 20, which can make the identification of small featureless body sherds difficult. However, body sherds of Haltern 70 are usually noticeably thinner (av. 1-1.5 cm) than those of Dressel 20, and because of the smaller body diameter, also display a tighter curve than the latter on account of its more globular form. Similar to the Dressel 20, Marismas and Cádiz fabrics.


Thin sectioning shows a similar range of inclusions to Dressel 20, namely large grains of quartz, quartzite, potash and a little plagioclase feldspar, together with fragments of quartzite, sandstone, chert, limestone and quartz-mica-schist (Peacock & Williams, 1986: Class 15). Heavy mineral separation has produced an assemblage rich in garnet (Peacock, 1971).


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