Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


3 December 2017

Let’s start from (a) scratch: new ways of looking at vessels’ function

Bartłomiej Lis Archeologia LXI (2010) [2012]: 7-14

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The article discusses various types of use-wear that can be observed on Mycenaean tableware. It is demonstrated that careful analysis and interpretation of such traces can provide new insights into the vessels’ function. Material presented here derives from two sites. Lefkandi and Tsoungiza, and provides evidence for at least three types of abrasion on vessels’ surfaces. These surface marks are illustrated throughout with numerous photographs. The most visible type of use-wear, which is attested on a variety of forms, consists of heavy abrasion of exterior rim and protruding part of lower body. This wear pattern is associated with scooping action from coarse containers, like cooking pots, pithoi, or vats.


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