Khalki, C. and Mahjoubi, R. and Kamel, S. (2016) Nature and origin of ancient ceramic materials: Case of the mauretanian amphorae of the Rirha site (Sidi Slimane, Morocco). Bulletin de l'Institut Scientifique, Section Sciences de la Terre, 38 (1). pp. 45-64.

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The current study of ceramics from the mauretanian period of the ancient site of Rirha (Sidi Slimane, Morocco) is based on both petrographical and mineralogical analysis. These ceramic materials consist of three components: the clay (particles < 2 μm), the degreasing agents (particles size ranges between 2 and 2000 μm); present in the first component or deliberately introduced into the used clay and pores of variables quantity. Most of the shards have similar degreasing composition between them and to the local materials, which suggests that the majority of these shards are prepared in the same site, with various techniques. Clay of local fluvial sediments presents a rich content of illite and kaolinite in addition to chlorite and smectites in small quantity. The ceramic firing temperature, in most cases, is between 700 and 800 °C and rarely reached 900°C, while the firing duration of the majority of shards is between 2 and 7 hours.

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Subjects: Earth and Planetary Sciences
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