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Department of Archaeology

Friday, 19 May, 2023 - 13:15
Event speaker: 
Chase Minos, The Cyprus Institute

At the onset of the Late Bronze Age, the new technology of the potter’s wheel, accompanied by new forming techniques, was introduced to Cyprus. This research investigates how or if this new method of making pots affected the earliest stages of the chaîne opératoire in pottery production, namely the raw material procurement and preparation of three different wares. This talk will primarily discuss the production of one ware, Plain White, between the Late Cypriot I and IIB (c. 1650-1400 BCE) periods from the important site of Enkomi. This relatively ‘new’ ware was one of the first to be made using the potter’s wheel on Cyprus and only recently have ceramic petrography and elemental analyses been utilised to study this pottery. As such, this study contributes to a growing body of research that investigates more broadly to what extent these early stages of the production sequence were affected by new forming techniques in Plain White ware as well as other hand and wheel-made wares of Late Bronze Age Cyprus.

Event location: 
McDonald Seminar Room
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