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The Mycenaean Pottery of Attica

  • F. H. Stubbings

The following paper was for the most part written early in 1939 and embodies the results of studies in Greece during the preceding year. Professor A. J. B. Wace, who suggested the subject to me, and to whom I am continuously indebted for encouragement and criticism, has elsewhere pointed out (notably, in collaboration with Professor Carl Biegen, in an article in Klio, 1939, 131 ff.) the need for a systematic and regional study of L.H. III pottery. The term covers wares produced over a period of at least three centuries (as long as from the reign of Charles I to the present day), and distributed over the Eastern Mediterranean from Sicily to Palestine. Within this wide range the existence of considerable variety has long been recognised, but not to any extent the nature of the variations, produced in part by the passage of time, in part by locally differing materials and traditions. This paper is an examination of what L.H. III pottery has come to light in one geographically well-defined region, Attica, and an attempt to discern the influences at work in its production, and its relation to similar pottery elsewhere.

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page 5 note 1 AJA 1894, 113, two Mycenaean graves discovered by Dörpfeld between Areopagos and Pnyx.

AA 1931, 213, a rich grave (apparently L.H. II) below Philopappos hill.

Hesperia iv, 318 ff., grave in Agora, disturbed in antiquity (same as that mentioned in AA 1933, 198).

AM 1910, 35, two pots from grave by Acropolis, now in Heidelberg.

The pottery from these is insignificant. More important is AJA 1939, 578 fr.; Hesperia ix, 274 ff.; chamber tomb on the slope of the Areopagos.

page 5 note 2 AM 1907, 157 and 558 f. with pl. xxv, 1; Kerameikos i, pl. 5. Stirrup-jar from Dipylon.

AM 1910, 33 f. Stirrup-jar found near the Hadji-Kosta Orphanage.

page 8 note 1 P.S.—Late Mycenaean fragments are reported from two graves found at Skaramanga during German military works; also from a grave or graves at Kalamaki (AA 1943, 303).

page 63 note 1 P.S. Four silver kylikes have been found at Dendra: see A. W. Persson, New tombs at Dendra near Midea, 135–7 and fig. 117.

page 64 note 1 Examples from sites elsewhere than Attica: Nauplia: Athens N.M. 3450. (FLMV, pl. XXI, no. 150). Goumenitsa (Achaia): Δελτ ix, παρ., 15, fig. 1. Aigina: Munich Cat., no. 43, pl. 2.

page 72 note 1 The finds from the Mycenaean stairway excavated by Broneer should of course be included.

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Annual of the British School at Athens
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