Ceramicus Redivivus: The Early Iron Age Potters' Field in the Area of the Classical Athenian Agora (Hesperia Supplement No. 31)

Ceramicus Redivivus: The Early Iron Age Potters' Field in the Area of the Classical Athenian Agora (Hesperia Supplement No. 31)

By: John K. Papadopoulos (author)Paperback

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This volume publishes selected material associated with potters' workshops and pottery production from some fourteen Early Iron Age contexts northwest of the Athenian Akropolis that range in date from the Protogeometric through Archaic periods. Located in the area that was to become the Agora of Classical Athens, these deposits establish that the place was used for industrial activity up until the time that it was formally transformed into the civic and commercial center of the city in the early 5th century B.C. The material includes test-pieces, wasters and other production discards, and a variety of other potters' debris; there is also a reassessment of the evidence associated with the kiln underlying the later Tholos. Comparative material is assembled and discussed from other parts of Greece and South Italy, including that from the Potters' Quarters at Corinth and Metaponto, and there is discussion of related material from other cultures. The location of such potters' refuse in the later Agora but in an area that was known in a variety of ancient literary sources as the Kerameikos, suggests that here was the original Potters' Quarter of Athens.

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About Author

John Papadopoulos is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics, the University of California Los Angeles. He has spent many years excavating in Greece and specialises in Classical Archaeology.


List of illustrations; List of tables; Foreword; Introduction; The material and its context; The material and its interpretation; Test-pieces in later periods; Ceramicus redivivus; Estimation of ceramic firing temperatures by means of thermomechanical analysis; References; Concordances; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 14/03/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780876615317
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 383
  • ID: 9780876615317
  • weight: 1315
  • ISBN10: 0876615310

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