The LH IIIB-LH IIIC Transition on the Mycenaean Mainland: Ceramic Phases and Terminology

by Salvatore Vitale

Hesperia, Volume 75, Issue 2
Page(s): 177-204
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25067982
Year: 2006


In this article the author reconsiders the transition from Late Helladic IIIB to Late Helladic IIIC on the Greek mainland and proposes an alternative ceramic phasing based on quantitative changes in chronologically sensitive indicators. The later part of LH IIIB (traditional LH IIIB2) is divided into LH IIIB2 Early and LH IIIB2 Late. These phases are followed by an initial stage of LH IIIC, preferably termed "LH IIIC Phase 1," as suggested by Rutter in 1977, rather than "Transitional LH IIIB2-LH IIIC Early," as recently proposed by Mountjoy.