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Pottery Summary

Pottery from T-26 1987 grids L-R/54-55 and Q-W/57-58 was essentially uniform in terms of distribution, pattern, fabric, and fragment type (lip, base, handle, etc.).  Impasto, redware, orangeware, grayware, bucchero, creamware, and coarseware were represented throughout the cut.

Generally, no one area produced pottery of one fabric or fragment type exclusively.  Two possible exceptions to this basic truth are grid Q/52, which produced, as stated in MW I p. 53 , a seemingly disproportionate number of lips and bases, and grid P-Q/54, which produced a rather large number of handles ( MW II, p. 15 ).

A sloping ground level in this area makes the floor level of the southeast building 105 cm below surface in Q-U/57-58 and roughly 140 cm in A-R/54-55 (see stratigraphy summary and profile).  Although pottery was found at all depths, the majority of it came from 80-105 cm in Q-U/57-58 and from the 100-140 cm mark in L-R/54-55.  These depths correspond to levels slightly above, within, and below the burn layer associated with the destruction of the southeast building.

Although one day's work could produce as many as six latte boxes of pottery, not one vessel with a complete profile was found or pieced togethre in the magazino.  (T-22 grid A/54 did produce one

more or less complete bowl, 19870115.)

Also, of the approximately two hundred lip fragments found, none seem to belong to the same vessel.  The same is true for the roughly 60 handle fragments and the 60 base fragments found.  These pieces are made of all fabrics.

Bases are predominantly simple, flat bases.  Roughly ten ring base fragments were found, as well as ten conical foot fragments.  Handles were mostly tubular handles.  Less than twelve strap handle fragments were found.  Lips were of every fabric, shape, and size.  Profiles of pottery can be found on of this book.  Bucchero pieces were mostly small body fragments. A few tubular and strap handles, lips, and bases were also found.  Quantitatively little buccher was found, relative to other fabrics.

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Matthew Wilcox. "MW II (1987-07-29):38-43; Pottery Summary from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1987, ID:432". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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