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Pottery summary

The pottery from T-26 1987 grid LM/78-81 and MNO/72-77 consisted primarily of 6 basic types: bucchero, impasto, coarseware, orange ware, fine orangeware  and greyware.  All of the pottery excavated was fragmentary with the exception of an almost completed coil made impasto bowl (p 55 , #3).  All of the pithos fragments recovered were stored in a pile at the site.

The pottery from LM/78-81 consisted primarily of coarseware and impasto. The majority of the fragments were found in the stratum at ca. 80-110 cm below the surface, intermixed with pieces of plaster, tile, rocks, and roots.  Athough mostly undercorated, a small percentage of moulded coarseware rims were recovered. These did not correspond to any particular distribution pattern. One rim in particular, with a flat lip and a flaring neck, belonged to an amphora (P 63 #3). Coarse ware cooking pot fragments were also recovered, specifically in meters L/78 and L/81; these were located near pithos fragments and additional items of household use (loomweights, spindle whorls, etc), as well as near an almost complete coil made impasto bowl. This was found in an upright position in L/79, with soil inside that contained small fleck or carbon, and it perserves the only complete profile.

Very little fineware of bucchero was recovered from

LM/78-81. Bucchero fragments formed 10% of the total percentage recovered, excavated primarily in meters LM/78-79, at ca. 90-110cm below the surface. This increased concentration of bucchero was noticeable, especially as there was a corresponding decrease in the amount of coarseware and impasto finds.  Only a small amount of the bucchero excavated was decorated. One cup fragment preserved a circular stampeld decoration (p 50 , #1), the lower half of a strap handle preserved incised diagonal slashes (p 11 , #5), a buccheroid cup or bowl fragment perservers part of a concentric circle stamp (p 11 , #2), and lastly, three body fragments were found with moulded ridges.

Fineware, including both orange and greayware was minimal within all strata. Of particular interest, however, were two fragments of Italo-Corinthian aryballos or skyphos, found two meters apart, one in L/78 (p. 21 , #1) the other in L/80 (p 24 , #1). These were stored to be cleanred in 1988 so it cannot be determined if they belonged to the same piece. Paint is preserved on both fragments, and both were also found in the vicinity to ivory inlays and bronze flakes. An Ionic bowl rim fragment was also found in L/78 (p 24 , #2) and an additional piece of Italo-Corinthian ware, a double handle fragments, was recovered from L/80 (p 38 , #2), also near ivory pieces.


Bucchero-65% bodies

Fine oranageware - 98% bodies

Orangeware -97% bodies

grayware-100% bodies

creamware-100% bodies

impasto-75% bodies

coarseware - 65% bodies

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Alexandra A. Carpino. "AAC I (1987-07-31):75-79; Pottery Summary from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1987, ID:126". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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