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4.3.4 Coarse Creamware 1


The title ´coarse creamware´ was first coined by Murray Thriepland (Murray Threipland and Torelli 1970, 78), and the ware, which is extremely common in coastal Etruria, and as far North as Genova (Milanese and Mannoni 1986), is known in Italy as ´ceramica chiara sabbiosa´ or occasionally as ´tardo italo-geometrico´ (Gjerstad 1953, 78 n.1), and ´impasto chiaro a volte dipinto´ (Pyrgi 1970, 245-8). It also forms Group D at Veii (Murray Thriepland 1963, 58).

In this report the term is reserved for a specific fabric type characterised by its light colour and abundant inclusions of volcanic origin. In the case of the basins, this fabric is perhaps identical to the coarse creamware from Casale pian Roseto, Genova, Arteminio (Capecci 1987, 130-1) and some pieces from Pyrgi. This fabric was clearly imported to the Albegna Valley and Ager Cosanus because deposits of the volcanic minerals only extend as far north as the River Fiora and Lake Bolsena. The origin of these vessels is not known, yet the volcanic inclusions and wide distribution suggest a maritime city in southern Etruria.

The coarse creamware is described using the system developed for Doganella (Perkins and Walker 1990, 31-3), the type numbers used conform to this scheme. This fabric was used for pottery, pithoi and amphorae.

Forms Types
Basins Type 4, Type 5, Type 8
Basin Handles Type 1
Basin Bases Type 1
Lid Handles Type 1
Jars Type 4, Type 5, Type 6, Type 7, Type 8
Jar Handles Type 1, Type 2
Jar Bases Type 1, Type 2
Jug Handles Type 1
Miscellaneous Type 1

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