Here are a few sherds from the 1978 field season at Retaba.
They sherds from deeper loci have higher numbers, but alas, I do not have the pottery reading
data to correlate sherd numbers with specific loci except for pottery reads 1 through 3.
Sherd 1A from the surface of the site. The rim is 14 mm. thick while the body
of the jar is 9 mm. in thickness. The exterior of the sherd is light red (2.5YR6/6) and
the interior of the jar is reddish brown (5YR6/6).
Sherd 3A from approximately 85 cm. below the surface and within locus 1.
The rim is 21 mm. thick while the body
of the jar is 10 mm. in thickness. The interior and exterior of the jar is
Rimsherd 11E belonging to a Nile Silt ware bowl. The rim section is 13 mm. in thickness.
Interior and exterior of the bowl is reddish yellow (5YR6/6).
Rimsherd 11E belonging to a Nile Silt ware bowl with a red slip along the rim.
The rim section is 9 mm. in thickness.
The rim edge slip is red (10R5/8) while the paste of the sherd is light red (2.5YR6/8).
Rimsherd 14G belonging to a medium sized jar with an average body thickness of 8 mm.
The paste of the sherd is weak red (10R4/4) and a light red slip (2.5YR6/8) covers
the exterior and 2 cm. of the interior of the jar.
Rimsherd 19d belonging to a medium sized jar with an average body thickness of 5 mm. and
a rim thickness of 9 mm.
The paste of the sherd contains numerous sand sized particles of limestone.
The paste is red (2.5YR5/6) with a very pale brown slip (10YR7/3) applied to both
the exterior and interior of the vessel.
Rimsherd 20d belonging to a shallow bowl with red slip band that was manufactured
out of Nile Silt ware. The paste is light red (2.5YR6/6) and the band of slip is red
(10R5/6). The thickness of the bowl is 7 mm.
Bodysherds 23i belonging to a Marl ware jar that was slipped and burnished.
The thickness of the sherd is 8 mm. The paste is red and the slip is light greenish yellow.
Rimsherd 27b belonging to a carinated bowl with a band of black paint
applied to the lip of the bowl. The thickness of the bowl is 7 mm. The paste is a
weak red (10R5/4) and the paint band is dark gray (5YRN4/0). This sherd may not be
Egyptian - it may have originated in Southern Jordan, the Sinai, or the Negev. The
carination and paint make it comparable with MB II and LB pottery forms.
Bodysherds134 on the exterior of a Marl ware bowl or crater. Bodysherd thickness is
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