5.9 Class 9 (n=36) (Figure 29)

This class is made using Fabric Group 9, which is characterised by a very fine and compact clay. Inclusions are thus barely identifiable with a ×10 hand lens. If we look at the bodysherds alone, we would be tempted to say that these pots have been wheel-thrown because of the regularity of the sides. However, examination of the join between the rim and the upper part of the body of restrictive shapes reveals horizontal lines indicating the use of coiling techniques. As a result, we think that vessels of this class are wheel-coiled. Another characteristic is the thinness of the sides (3-4mm maximum). In terms of surface treatment, a red slip of good quality (2.5YR-3/6 dark red, 2.5YR-6/6 light red, 2.5YR-5/8 red, 10R-5/6 red) is applied on the external surface, which is smoothed and slightly polished becoming soft to touch (colour of surfaces: 2.5YR-6/8 light red, 2.5YR-6/4 light reddish brown, 2.5YR-6/6 light red, 5YR-6/3 light reddish brown, 10R-6/8 light red). Vessels are fired in an oxidising atmosphere. This is reflected by a uniform pinkish section. Only restrictive shapes have been found. These include a number of vessels with a neck that could be a variety of sprinkler. However, the majority of examples are bodysherds. For vessel forms, see Lefrancq and Hawkes (2019b, plate 29).

Figure 29
Figure 29: Upper left: external and internal sides of a neck, Class 9, MHR2002.A4.14; upper right and lower centre: external and internal sides of bodysherd, Class 9, MHR2002.A5. Image credit: Authors.


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