Mycenaean Pottery

Jeremy B. Rutter

in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873609
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Mycenaean Pottery

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Mycenaean pottery, the ceramic assemblage characteristic chiefly of the central and southern Greek mainland during the Aegean Late Bronze Age, began within a decade of the first discovery of substantial quantities of this artifactual class in the initial exploration of the chamber tomb cemeteries at Ialysos on Rhodes by A. Billiotti and A. Salzmann, and Heinrich Schliemann's better-known excavations at Troy, Mycenae, Tiryns, and Orchomenos. However, it was Carl Blegen's careful stratigraphic excavations of 1915–1916 at the Corinthian coastal site of Korakou that first permitted virtually the full temporal range of Mycenaean ceramics to be outlined by employing a tripartite system modeled after that devised by Sir Arthur Evans for the Bronze Age pottery of Minoan Crete less than twenty years earlier.

Keywords: Mycenaean pottery; A. Billiotti; A. Salzmann; Heinrich Schliemann; Troy; Mycenae; Carl Blegen; ceramics; tripartite system; Arthur Evans

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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