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The National Roman Fabric Reference Collection: a Handbook

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References

Appendix 1: Keywords and Definitions
Appendix 2: Physical Layout of Sherds Housed in the NRFRC

 

Rhodian (Yellow) amphorae 2 (RHO AM 2)

Two samples

General appearance

This type is characterised by its pale brown (10YR 8/4) clay with pale yellow (2.5Y 8/4) surfaces. Both our sherds are hard with abraded powdery surfaces and irregular fracture.

Hand specimen

The fabric is dominated by common well- or ill-sorted subrounded or occasionally angular red-brown inclusions, ranging from <0.1–1.2mm but normally not exceeding 0.5mm. Ill-sorted limestone and fine quartz (<0.2mm) vary in quantity between common and sparse. Limestone (0.2–1.0mm) is sometimes very well rounded and erupts on the surface.

Thin section

An isotropic calcareous clay containing common subangular inclusions of orange to red serpentine and subordinate quartz up to 0.2mm is visible. Rounded voids up to 0.6mm are common in this sample; angular grains of chert up to 0.6mm are rare. Sparse to rare silt-grade materials include feldspar, mica (pale coloured and slightly pleochroic), amphibole and opaque iron oxides.

Donor

Museum of London

See the related record on the Atlas of Roman Pottery on the Potsherd website

Plate 88: Fresh sherd break of RHO AM 2 (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 88: Fresh sherd break of RHO AM 2 (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 88.1: Photomicrograph of RHO AM 2 (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 88.1: Photomicrograph of RHO AM 2 (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)

Plate 88.2: Photomicrograph of RHO AM 2 (PPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 88.2: Photomicrograph of RHO AM 2 (PPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)