A Deposit of Late Helladic IIIB1 Pottery from Tsoungiza

by Patrick M. Thomas

Hesperia, Volume 74, Issue 4
Page(s): 451-573
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25067967
Year: 2005


This article presents the pottery and fıgurines recovered from a Mycenaean rubbish pit excavated by the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project at Tsoungiza in 1984-1985. The deposit appears to preserve a complete range of vessels used for personal consumption, serving, cooking, storage, and other household activities, with nearly all diagnostic sherds dating to Late Helladic IIIB1. Analysis of this material suggests that, despite variations in the frequencies of some closed vessels and kraters, the residents of this small Mycenaean community had access to the same range of ceramics in use at the palace centers. The production and distribution of much Mycenaean pottery therefore may not have been controlled directly by the palaces.