Hellenistic Pottery: The Plain Wares, Volume 33

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ASCSA, 2006 - Crafts & Hobbies - 438 pages
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This manuscript represents the third and final volume in the publication of the Hellenistic pottery unearthed by the American excavations in the Athenian Agora. The first installment (Agora XXII) was devoted to the moldmade bowls and the second (Agora XXIX) to the remainder of the fine ware. The third presents the plain wares, including household pottery, oil containers, and cooking pottery. In all, about 1,400 Hellenistic vessels in these categories have been entered into the excavation record, which are represented here in a catalogue of 847 objects. The study constructs a typology, based on both form and fabric, and a chronology for these ceramics, using the fact that many of the pieces were found in closed contexts like wells. Finally, the author discusses the possible functions of the ceramic shapes found, and uses them to reconstruct some of the domestic and industrial activities of Hellenistic Athenians. While it documents the pottery assemblage of one site, this book will be an essential reference tool for archaeologists around the Mediterranean.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
FABRICS
13
DESCRIPTIVE OVERVIEW AND CONCLUSIONS
55
HOUSEHOLD WARE
69
FUNNELS
90
MORTARS
99
KRATERS
105
BASINS
116
COOKING WARE 165
135
SUMMARY OF SHAPE CHRONOLOGIES
225
CATALOGUE
243
DEPOSIT SUMMARIES
341
ANALYSES OF CERAMIC SAMPLES
377
RAMAN LASER MICROPROBE SPECTROSCOPY
401
CONCORDANCES
409
GENERAL INDEX
431

BEEHIVES
124
VESSELS FOR OIL AND UNGUENTS
135
DEPOSIT INDEX
439
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Susan I. Rotroff is the Jarvis Thurston and Mona Van Duyn Professor in Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis.

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