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4th ARCHAEOLOGICAL MEETING OF THESSALY AND CENTRAL GREECE, 2009-2011
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Hale Christopher M.
University of Melbourne, Australia
Middle Helladic Ceramics at Mitrou: The Grey Minyan Sequence

In stark comparison to Thessaly and the Argolid, the study of Middle Helladic ceramics in central Greece has had to face a number of significant obstacles. One of these has been a lack of preserved stratigraphy from which to develop a stratified ceramic typology. Where stratigraphy has been recorded, as at Eutresis, the issue has been one of continuity in occupation. While the recent publication of the material from Orchomenos IV by K. Sarri has greatly contributed to an understanding of the development of Middle Helladic pottery, these problems continue to persist. This particularly affects the understanding of the so called Grey Minyan material (herein referred to as Fine Grey Burnished) which seems to have been produced at one or more production centres in central Greece. The recent excavations at Mitrou have revealed in two deep trenches, located in different areas of the site, impressive sequences of MH deposits that are well stratified, related to architecture and span the whole of the Middle Helladic period. This enables the development of a stratified ceramic typology for central Greece which spans the whole of the period for the first time. This paper aims to present characteristics of the Fine Grey Burnished typology from all 7 Mitrou phases ranging from the end of Early Helladic III to the end of the Middle Helladic.


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