Joseph W. Shaw, Aleydis Van de Moortel, Peter M. Day,'s A LM IA Ceramic Kiln in South-Central Crete: Function and PDF

By Joseph W. Shaw, Aleydis Van de Moortel, Peter M. Day, Vassilis Kilikoglou

ISBN-10: 0876615302

ISBN-13: 9780876615300

An in-depth learn of the overdue Minoan IA cross-draft kiln present in excavation at Kommos, Crete. The kiln is of a sort well known throughout the Neopalatial interval and its reliable country of protection has allowed the authors to take a position approximately its unique inner format and use in addition to concerning the roof that lined it. a lot of the massive volume of evidently in the community produced pottery came upon linked to the kiln is analyzed intimately, bearing in mind the 1st time the learn of the shapes, ornament, and technical features of vases identified to were fired in a particular LM IA kiln. The booklet provides an built-in application of analytical strategies used either to demonstrate the diversity of firing temperatures, the compositional similarities and changes within the clay used, and elements of the firing approach and to make feedback in regards to the top kiln constitution. provided here's a useful contribution to our wisdom in their know-how and association of ceramic construction first and foremost of the overdue Minoan interval, to be able to shape a foundation for experiences of pottery provenience and trade.

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For further discussion and a new reconstruction see Tomasello 1996, pp. 30–32, figs. 4–5. Partial grates have also been found in smaller, circular Minoan kilns of Evely’s type 1(c) at LM IIIC Kavousi (Gesell, Day, and Coulson 1988, pp. , fig. 5) and LM IIIB Stylos (Davaras 1973, p. 75, fig. 1, pls. 39–42, and our Fig. 23). See also below. 31. Some slabs may have fallen in from the upper parts of the channel dividers, as for instance from the top of the wall shown in Figure 14 where a slab is exposed, and others are clearly missing.

Unusually high concentrations of types C and P conical cups, as well as of bell cups and collar-necked jugs, occurred in channel 3, suggesting that vases of the same shape or type had been placed near each other in the kiln (Table 2). The distribution and condition of the pottery found in the various parts of the kiln do not provide a clear answer as to what was the direct cause of the kiln’s demise. The scientific analyses show that the decorated vases in the kiln underwent a series of oxidation–reduction–oxidation firing steps (see below), and thus it is certain that the last firing had been either entirely or largely completed.

164, no. 1381). A second vase fragment dated to MM IIB is insufficiently overfired to be considered a waster according to the definition given above (contra Betancourt [Kommos II, p. 92, no. 416]). Its interior shows a grayish hue, whereas its exterior preserves a polychrome decorative scheme. Its shape is somewhat warped, but as a result of pressures applied when the handle was attached rather than from overfiring. Two other wasters are known from a LM I fill on the hill (Kommos III, pp. 4, 9, nos.

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