By Joseph W. Shaw, Aleydis Van de Moortel, Peter M. Day, Vassilis Kilikoglou
An in-depth learn of the overdue Minoan IA cross-draft kiln present in excavation at Kommos, Crete. The kiln is of a sort renowned throughout the Neopalatial interval and its stable country of upkeep has allowed the authors to take a position approximately its unique inner format and use in addition to concerning the roof that coated it. a lot of the massive volume of evidently in the neighborhood produced pottery came across linked to the kiln is analyzed intimately, bearing in mind the 1st time the examine of the shapes, ornament, and technical features of vases identified to were fired in a particular LM IA kiln. The publication provides an built-in software of analytical innovations used either to demonstrate the diversity of firing temperatures, the compositional similarities and adjustments within the clay used, and points of the firing strategy and to make feedback concerning the higher kiln constitution. provided here's a priceless contribution to our wisdom in their expertise and association of ceramic construction in the beginning of the past due Minoan interval, that allows you to shape a foundation for reports of pottery provenience and trade.
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34 a l e y d i s va n d e m o o r t e l B; 28). Most likely this space was kept clear to facilitate access to the firing pit, and perhaps also to store fuel within easy reach of the kiln operator (Fig. 33 It is also possible that a pottery workshop was located here, but the evidence is scant and its interpretation tenuous. 4 m north of the stoa’s south wall, a small cylindrical hole was found (Fig. 29; Figs. 68 m. It was filled with soft soil containing two undatable, worn sherds. 35 If a wheel had been located in the hole west of the Kommos kiln, it would likely have had a short axle, sitting close to the ground, since it would have been too far from any wall that could have held the lateral support necessary for tall-axled wheels (Figs.
Evely 1988, pp. 112–115. Evely himself (1988, p. 118) prefers a low rather than a tall axle for the Minoan wheel, although without adducing any evidence. the area around the kiln, and the pot tery 35 Figure 29. 10 m, Diam. 20 m) found in surface about 4 m west of kiln (see also Fig. 28). clusters of pottery found just east and northeast of the kiln. 39 Apart from this possible tool, the ochre, the presumed bats, and the hole, which may have held a pivot stone, however, more definite clues for a LM IA pottery production facility—such as potters’ wheels, pivot stones, tools, settling basins, or clay stores—are lacking.
32 a l e y d i s va n d e m o o r t e l Th e Th r e e S t rata The dump included three soil types distributed in roughly homogeneous strata (Figs. 8, 26–28, 30–31): (1) rather loose, mostly dark brown soil; (2) more compact, reddish clayey soil on top of this; (3) and light brown soil on top of the red clay. Da r k B r o w n S o i l S t r at u m The lowest part of the dump deposit consisted of a matrix of rather soft, dark brown to gray-brown soil mixed with some stones (Fig. 28; see also Figs.