By Joseph W. Shaw, Aleydis Van de Moortel, Peter M. Day, Vassilis Kilikoglou

An in-depth research of the past due Minoan IA cross-draft kiln came across in the course of excavations at Kommos on Crete. The kiln is of a kind that used to be renowned throughout the Neopalatial interval, and its sturdy kingdom of protection has allowed the authors to take a position approximately its unique inner structure and use, in addition to the roof that coated it. the massive volume of in the community produced pottery present in organization with the kiln is analysed, permitting a close examine of the shapes, ornament, and technical features of vases fired in a LM IA kiln.

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66 a l e y d i s va n d e m o o r t e l A N A LY S I S O F VA S E S H A P ES A N D D E CO RAT I O N C on i c a l C u p s ( 1–19; Fig. 32) Conical cups82 outnumber by far any other vessel shape present in either the kiln or the dump. More than 650 conical cups have been recovered among a total of 1,158 vases (Table 4; Fig. 39). Of these conical cups, 183 have so far been restored and studied (Table 8). 83 This Kommian typology is based on criteria of shape and decoration. Represented in the dump are conical cup types C, D, E, F, P, Q, and V, and inside the kiln types C, P, and Q.

Furthermore, 27 is the only example of this type that is certain to have had handles. Unusual are the circular perforations in the rim of 26, and in the upper body of an uninventoried monochrome bowl. Their purpose is uncertain. 98 Only 5 examples of medium-coarse conical bowls have been found in the kiln and dump. They form a homogeneous variety with similar body shapes, sloping rims, and unpainted surfaces. Since these bowls include a quite fresh example from within the kiln (28), they may be considered as kiln products, in spite of their low numbers.

Polished after decoration. Dump, dark brown soil stratum northeast of kiln (trench 87B, pail 115). 67 (C 9993). Closed vessel Fig. 38 Single sherd preserving small part of lower body. Paint worn. Pres. H. 048. Fine fabric with pinkish gray to pink fracture and interior surface, and yellow exterior surface. 2% angular inclusions: white, brown, pale brown to light yellowish brown, and dark brown; max. 0015, avg. 0007. Does not resemble kiln pottery fabric. Exterior greenish white slip, polished hard before decoration.

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