By Joseph W. Shaw, Aleydis Van de Moortel, Peter M. Day, Vassilis Kilikoglou
An in-depth learn of the past due Minoan IA cross-draft kiln came upon in the course of excavations at Kommos on Crete. The kiln is of a sort that used to be well known through the Neopalatial interval, and its reliable kingdom of maintenance has allowed the authors to invest approximately its unique inner format and use, in addition to the roof that coated it. the big volume of in the neighborhood produced pottery present in organization with the kiln is analysed, permitting an in depth learn of the shapes, ornament, and technical features of vases fired in a LM IA kiln.
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141:14–16). 94. No bell cups have been reported from LM IB contexts at Chalara (Levi 1967–1968), Seli (Cucuzza 1993), Aghia Triada (Halbherr, Stefani, and Banti 1977; La Rosa 1985, 1986, 1989), Phaistos (Pernier and Banti 1951), or Kannia (Levi 1959). The single local example from Kommos, dated to LM IB by Watrous (Kommos III, p. 113) comes from a mixed LM IA–B fill (Kommos III, p. 5, no. 80). There is no compelling reason for dating it to LM IB rather than to LM IA. the area around the kiln, and the pot tery 71 roughly finished.
H. 140, Diam. 105, pres. max. Diam. 223, Diam. 116. Medium-coarse fabric with light reddish brown to weak red fracture and very pale brown surfaces. 10% inclusions. Join of neck to shoulder and handle attachments well-integrated. Overfired. Exterior very dark gray monochrome. Interior dark-dipped neck. Dump, red (trench 87B, pail 106E ) and dark brown (trench 87B, pails 111D , 115 , 118 ) soil strata east of kiln. Fabric sample 95/46; fabric group 2b. 49 (C 8973). Ewer Fig. 36 5 sherds mended into 2 nonjoining pieces, preserving 30% rim, 80% neck, tiny portion of shoulder (nonjoining), upper handle attachment.
A similar range of profiles is found also among early LM IA straight-sided cups from Knossos (Warren 1991, fig. 9:A–L; Popham 1977, fig. 1:B; 1984, pl. 142). Mature LM IA examples from Knossos are quite squat, however (Popham 1967, pl. 62:a, b; 1984, pl. 143:2; PM II, fig. 349:f–h, o, s, x), except for ribbed Vapheio cups, a variety that does not occur in the Kommos kiln dump (Popham 1967, pl. 62:d, e; 1984, pl. 143:5). In LM IB contexts at Kommos, straight-sided cups, now dark-on-light patterned, are extremely rare.