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Pottery Summary

Pottery Summary

Pottery from T-26 West Extension [meters R-W/62-64] was divided into 6 categories as per MT Book IV 1981 p 35 .  The fine fabric and high quality of bucchero, including gray ware and fine orangeware allow them to be easily differentiated from the heavier fabrics of orangeware, impasto, and coarseware.  Orangeware is distinguishable from impasto by its orange color - however both impasto and orangeware fragments belonging to heavy utility vessels shall be regarded as coarseware.

Approximately 60% of all pottery found was saved and stored in GD Book II Representative Pottery Box V.  All bucchero, fine gray ware and fine orangeware was saved and all incised, stamped and otherwise unusual pieces catalogued - all handles, bases, rims and representative body pieces of the other wares.  The following illustrations include both representative pieces and unusual pieces.  It should also be noted that pithoi fragments were found throughout and discarded with the tile.

The overall amount of pottery found was not great.  The topsoil cut yielded no pottery fragments.  The second cut which brought the trench floor to a level 40-45 cm below topsoil level yielded pottery of all types including a recognizable amount of pithos and amphora fragments - perhaps indicating the proximity of a storage area.  There was negligible evidence of burned pottery despite increased amounts of carbon in the soil.  The concentrations of both pottery and tile [again, largely unburned] is heaviest to the eastern meters - particularly

to the south [ V-W/64]

Cut 3 brought the trench floor to 80-90 cm below topsoil level.  Very little pottery was recovered from this area - primarily heavy storageware and fineware [including bucchero] fragments.  There was negligible evidence of burning despite an overwhelming amount of burn material in the level including almost all the tiles [some heavily vitrified], heavy carbonized layer over the assumed floor, carbon flecks in the soil and glassy slag.  Again, concentrations of pottery, tile, plaster, and burn material were heaviest to the east and south over the assumed floor.

Of special interest are several pieces of incised bucchero, an elaborate pithos handle and a fragment of painted Ionic pottery.

Fine Grayware: approximately 5% of total pottery.

Fine Orangeware: 5.25% of total pottery.

Fragment of fine orangeware from representative pottery was catalogued as 19820189.  The only available provenience, therefore, is the entire area of trench.

Bucchero: 10.5% of total pottery.

Impasto: 26.3% of total pottery.

Impasto continued.

Orangeware: 42.1% of total pottery

Orangeware continued.

Coarseware: 10.5% of total pottery

Coarseware continued.

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Gary Dunham. "GD II (1982-07-31):72-111; Pottery Summary from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1982, ID:112". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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