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Pottery Summary

Pottery Summary

A relatively large amount of pottery was recovered from VT11 this season. It should be noted that not all ancient material was excavated and what follows accounts for less than half of the potential contextual layer.

The two secure contexts were Locus 5 and Locus 7 and will consequently be discussed here. In both strata we can observe a broadly similar pattern. Around 15% of the fabrics found were fragments of materials we designate as fine impasto. This vessels appear to be relatively small dishes, and not obviously drinking cups. One notable point is a wholesale absence of handles for these vessels and of pouring vessels. A similar observation can be made for impasto ceramics recovered from these loci. These make up around 60% of the pottery recovered from both loci. Likewise coarseware accounted for nearly 25% of the pottery from these loci. From this category it was clear we were finding the remains of a number of storage and/or cooking vessels, some of which had rims of large diameter.

More generally a good portion of the pottery recovered was painted or slipped in a variety if places. This is similar to practices known elsewhere for the period the

Special Finds:

Among the pottery recovered from VT11 this season are a Greek body sherd with meander pattern and an impasto rim sherd inscribed with sigla ( 20165053 and 20165061 , respectively).

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Eóin M. O'Donoghue. "VT 11 (2016-08-04):302-303; Pottery Summary from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescovado 11/2016, ID:718". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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