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Pottery Summary for T-26 1984

Pottery from T-26 1984 was categorized into 6 types: bucchero, fine greyware, fine orangeware, orangeware, impasto, and coarseware as per MT IV p. 35 .  All coarseware, fine greyware, fine orangeware, and bucchero were saved.  All rims, handles, bases, lids, and 50-60% of orangeware and impasto body fragments were also saved.  Pithos fragments, with a few exceptions, were separated and saved on the site.  One possible full profile of a pithos was found in XY/57 with the base flush with the floor (to be restored in 1985).

Pottery was broken down according to grids excavated earlier in the west (including S-E/61-62; P-W/59-61; V-J/57-58) and later in the east (X-Z/72-75; O-Q/74-75; MT/82-88; L/87-88; RS/89-90).  In most respects, pottery shapes and distribution were similar to T-26 1982 and T-26 1983 (see MT VII p. 31 and MT VIII p. 363 ).

The concentration of bucchero and fineware fabrics was greatest to the west, but fineware and decorated bucchero was found throughout T-26 1984.  Most notable in the west was a red burn stratum found in P-T/59-61.  Many pieces of fineware came from this area, including fluted bowls with Potnia Theron handles; stamped and incised bucchero; a fine finial head; redware shallow bowls and lids.  Several Ionic bowl fragments also came from here, including a lip fragment that is almost a full profile.

Although fineware, including decorated bucchero, was found throughout the western meters, probably 75-80% came from P-W/59-61 and the red burn stratum in particular.  About 45% of all T-26 1984 pottery came from these grids and about 33% of this was fineware, with the remaining 64% including orangeware, impasto, and coarseware.  Note that several cassetti of pithos fragments were removed from the area directly surrounding the burn stratum.

To the east, several different areas were excavated, and the pottery

was consolidated as it was mostly representative.  About 55% of the pottery from T-26 1984 came from these grids; only about 10% was fineware.  This, however, included stamped and incised bucchero fragments and a fine orangeware dinos handle.  The rest was equally divided among impasto and orangeware, with some coarseware.  A full profile of an impasto pot was found, as well as multiple fragments of an orangeware bowl, which should yield almost an entire pot when restored in 1985.

For further study, AC II Representative Pottery Boxes I-VI should be consulted, along with AC I , AC II, and appropriate catalogue cards.


The particular nature of the red burn stratum in PT/59-61 required a more individualized approach in order to satisfactorily define the area.

Material not catalogued in 1984 was reserved and reviewed in 1985.  The high proportion of Ionic bowl fragments, though largely unrestorable, do suggest the presence of several cups.  Representational fragments of this ware, preserving shape and decoration, were catalogued.  Additionally, an unusually large number of fragments of other wares, including bucchero, buccheroid, fine orange, grey, and redware, preserving shape and decoration, were also catalogued. Material not catalogued (including pottery, metallics, vitrified material, and burned wood) was stored in A.C. II T-26 1984 Representative Pottery Box II under the eastern arids.

Due to lack of time, certain fine and other ware fragments (including Ionic owl, bucchero, buccheroid, fine orange, grey, and redwares) were also reserved and reviewed in 1985.  A number of these were catalogued and the rest stored in A.C. Book II T-26 1984 Representative Pottery Box II.

For additional information, see and A.C. I, p. 147-303.

Western Meters

Impasto - 25%

  • Body: 65%
  • Rims: 21%
  • Handles: 7%
  • Bases: 7%

Orangeware - 30%

  • Body: 65%
  • Rims: 18%
  • Handles: 5%
  • Bases: 12%

Coarseware - 6%

  • Body: 50%
  • Rims: 20%
  • Handles: 20%
  • Bases: 10%

Fine Orangeware - 4%

  • Body: 80%
  • Rims: 0%
  • Handles: 10%
  • Bases: 10%

Fine Greyware - 6%

  • Body: 50%
  • Rims: 40%
  • Handles: 1%
  • Lids: 1%
  • Bases: 8%
  • Bucchero - 88%

    • Body: 70% (50% with design of some sort)
    • Rims: 20%
    • Handles: 5%
    • Bases: 5%

    Ionic Bowl - 2%

    Mostly body fragments.

    Eastern Meters

    Impasto - 40%

    • Body: 60%
    • Rims: 20%
    • Handles: 5%
    • Bases: 15%

    Orangeware - 37%

    • Body: 65%
    • Rims: 20%
    • Handles: 5%
    • Bases: 10%

    {This analysis is continued on AC IIB p. 145 }

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    Abbey Collins. "AC II (1984-08-03):130-143; Pottery Summary for T-26 1984 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1984, ID:117". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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