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The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House by Kathleen M. Lynch

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By Kathleen M. Lynch

This publication provides the 1st well-preserved set of sympotic pottery which served a overdue Archaic residence within the Athenian Agora. The deposit includes loved ones and fine-ware pottery, approximately all of the figured items of that are varieties linked to communal ingesting. because it comes from a unmarried condo, the pottery additionally displays buying styles and thematic personal tastes of the house owner. The multifaceted technique followed during this publication indicates that which means and use are inherently comparable, and that via archaeology you can still repair a context of use for a category of items often studied in isolation.

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Data from Shear 1993 © 2011 The American School of Classical Studies at Athens Personal Use Only. Do Not Distribute. the archaeological context of well j 2:4 Figure 8. Black-glazed shapes expressed as a percentage of total black-glaze component of deposit J 2:4 compared to percentage of black-glazed shapes in the 21 other Persian destruction debris (PDD) deposits combined. Data from Shear 1993 56. Lekythoi are overrepresented in the Persian destruction deposits because of their presence in the Rectangular Rock Cut Shaft (G 6:3) and the Stoa Gutter Well (Q 12:3), both of which seem to have been retail pottery shops selling skyphoi and lekythoi.

Transitional shapes: Vicup, Agora XII, p. 93; stemless cups, Agora XII, p. 98; totally glazed one-handlers, Agora XII, p. 126. In addition, figured wares also show a later style. Black figure declines in quality and increases in hastiness, see discussion in Shear 1993, pp. 410–411. 46. Only one well in the later group was a functioning household well, Q 21:3, beneath the Roman period Omega house. Another functioning well filled with delayed debris is G 11:3, the later well of Building F, considered by some to be the predecessor of the Tholos.

The conclusion is that the distribution of shapes in well J 2:4 fits the characteristic pattern of the sealed Persian destruction debris deposits of the Agora excavations. Well J 2:4’s fill, just as the stratigraphy from the lowest house floors, can only date its inauguration to the general period of the late 6th century. There is no material in the bottom of the well, nor are there floor levels, to suggest any use prior to ca. 57 Thus, the well and house were at the most 45 years old when destroyed by the Persians.

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