Chris T wrote:The final colour of pottery depends on the initial composition of the clay, and the conditions of firing (temperature and oxygen supply.
Since pottery production (particularly for everyday items) was much more localised and small scale in earlier periods I believe that it is almost impossible to say that any fabric or colour is actually incorrect. There was also far more movement of pottery than some realise.
What is far more liable to be a problem is the shape of the pot; although again it is easy to be too dogmatic about this.
PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:43 pm Post subject:
My point was more about the sweeping generalisations made by some people.
As you say there are large quantities of pot surviving, I would guess more than all other archeological material added together. These samples may show that a particular fabric was common for a particular area, but they also tend to show a percentage of "exotic" material, which may be from earlier periods (in some cases much earlier), or from far distant locations. To attempt to say that a particular fabric is "wrong" is therefore not really a useful attitude.
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