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18. Fine Buff Family

This is a fine-textured fabric, usually buff to buff/pink in colour. It is characterized by fine, well-mixed sand as the primary inclusion, and silver mica is also frequent. Other occasional inclusions are gold mica, fine siltstone, soft red, and phyllite. Macroscopic inclusion density averages 10%, and the fabric is usually well sorted. These sherds are often hard, but soft, and medium-soft examples appear as well. Inclusions are small and fine (0.1-0.5 mm).

Used for a wide range of vessel types: beehives, jugs/scv, amphoras, fine table wares, and lamps.

It is nearly impossible to pinpoint this fabric. It appears in the Geometric period and continues to be used throughout Byzantine-Turkish. However, it is one of the more common fabrics of the Graeco-Roman period, particularly for decorated table wares.

Fine and Medium Fine Buff wares are found in all 8 regions, but are more plentiful in the east, in Region 8.





Tarrha (1.28)

Phoinix-Loutro (5.11)


19. Fine Buff Family: Powder Tan Glitter Ware

Fine textured fabric, usually buff to pink in colour. Well-sorted paste with 0.5% inclusions. Sand and gold mica are dominant, with occasional soft red. The sand is particularly fine: the largest inclusion is ca. 0.1 mm; macroscopic density is 0-5%. Surfaces are soft and smooth, while breaks are grainy and somewhat harder.

Shapes include large vessels (amphoras)

Probably Hellenistic-Roman.

This fabric occurs only in Region 8 (2).





Ag. Eustratigos (8.38)



20. Medium Fine Buff Family: Soft Brown Chaff

Medium-fine to fine texture fabric, usually buff/light-brown in colour. Usually well-sorted paste with sub-angular pieces of chaff dominant; quartz and silver mica are often also present. Chaff has normally burned or fallen out, leaving pits 0.2-2 mm in size. Surfaces are soft and powdery; breaks are grainy and rough. Average inclusion density unknown.

Mostly larger vessels such as large closed vessels and basins.

Datable examples appear from Helenistic through Late Roman/Byzantine, and although it seems to be predominately a Greek/Roman fabric, its later termination is unknown.

Regions 1 (1), 2 (1), and 8 (2).





Ag. Eustratigos (8.38)



21. Medium Fine Orange Family: Orange Gritty Glitter Ware

A red/orange, fine to medium-fine textured fabric. Surfaces are medium-hard and slightly gritty; breaks are hard and foliate. It is well-sorted, with a 15% macroscopic inclusion density. Inclusions are dominated by glassy quartz, but sand and silver mica are also usually present. Grits are rounded and sub-rounded, and fairly small (0.1-0.75mm). This ware includes African Red Slip.

Fine Table Vessels such as large plates.

Late Roman.

Region 8 (1).





Ag. Eustratigos (8.38)



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