This group provides an additional example of one of many fabrics (see also Rhodian amphorae 1–2) found in Britain, from which the vessel with peaked-handles, also known as Camulodunum 184, was produced.
This fabric is pink-brown (2.5YR 6/6) with a buff (10YR 8/3), sometimes patchy, external slip. It is very hard with a hackly break and rough surfaces.
It is an abundantly calcareous clay, mostly <0.1–0.2mm with some larger fragments to 0.5mm. The remainder of the inclusions are ill sorted, ranging in size from 0.5–2.0mm, with no individual inclusion falling into a particular size grouping. Feldspar is common, as are rounded or subrounded aggregate rock fragments, normally clear but occasionally with dark grains. Fine-grained, red-brown argillaceous inclusions, red igneous rocks, of varying texture, and quartz are sparse.
The sample comprises an isotropic calcareous clay, containing common ill-sorted angular to subangular inclusions of clear twinned and untwinned volcanic feldspar, sparse rock fragments (mainly lava) and rare quartz, up to 1.5mm. Rare cleavage fragments of brown hornblende up to about 0.3mm are also present, as are rare flecks of mica. Silt-grade material is common.
A source in the Mediterranean or Aegean is likely, although no exact location can be proposed on the basis of either form or fabric.
Museum of London
Museum of London
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