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 chanced on in the course of excavations at Kommos on Crete. The kiln is of a kind that was once well known throughout the Neopalatial interval, and its strong kingdom of renovation has allowed the authors to take a position approximately its unique inner structure and use, in addition to the roof that lined it. the massive volume of in the community 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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Dark-on-light as well as lighton-dark patterned teacup fragments have been published from the House of the Alabaster Threshold at Aghia Triada, dated to the MM IIIB/LM IA transition, but they, too, lack identifiable profiles (D’Agata 1989, pls. XXI:e, XXII:b). Other dark-on-light teacups of LM IA date from Aghia Triada have more rounded profiles than the kiln dump examples from Kommos (La Rosa 1986, figs. 36:e, 92:b). Some transitional MM IIIB/LM IA teacups from Knossos also have sharply turning body profiles (Warren 1991, fig.
BASINS 54 (C 10577). Basin Fig. 37 10 sherds mended into 3 nonjoining pieces, preserving 33% rim and upper body, part of base. Composite profile. Rest. H. 266, Diam. 392, Diam. 114. Coarse fabric with light red to reddish yellow fracture and pale yellow surfaces. 20% inclusions. Slightly overfired. Unpainted. Kiln, channels 1 (trench 87B, pails 90 , 90A ), 2 (trench 95A, pails 142 , 172 ), and 3 (trench 97F, pail 73 ). Dump, light brown soil stratum east of kiln (trench 90C, pail 90 ); dark brown (trench 87B, pail 105 ) and red (trench 87B, pail 105A ) soil strata north of kiln.
Large shapes from the kiln and dump (52–58); coarse slab fragment (61) 61 62 a l e y d i s va n d e m o o r t e l L A RG E C LO S ED J A R S 56 (C 10593). Jar Fig. 37 6 sherds mended into 3 nonjoining pieces, preserving 40% rim, 30% neck, 25% upper shoulder with handle scar, 15% lower body. Pres. H. 080 (lower part), Diam. 22, est. Diam. base ca. 170. Medium-coarse fabric with reddish yellow fracture and very pale brown surfaces. 10% inclusions. Neck and handle attachments wellintegrated. Exterior dark splashes on neck and shoulder, executed in dilute red on the clay ground.