Early Bronze Age Sicilian Geometric Decoration: Its Origin and Relationship to Vessel Form
Lukesh, Susan (1999) Early Bronze Age Sicilian Geometric Decoration: Its Origin and Relationship to Vessel Form. In: Interpretatio Rerum. Archaeologia Transatlantica, pp. 1-14.
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The hallmark painted geometric decoration of the Early Bronze Age Sicilian Castelluccian pottery offers fertile ground for a variety of studies, and the site of La Muculufa in south central Sicily, excavated in the early 1980s with over 100,000 sherds recovered - roughly 30% of them with painted decoration -provides an especially rich collection of material. These fragments of pots, and the whole pots which were slowly and painstakingly put together, have furnished insights into the Castelluccian culture in southcentral Sicily and thenetwork of communities from which these and related objects were recovered. Some of the sherds from La Muculufa have formed the basis of my own attribution of a body of work to one recognizable prehistoric artist, called the Muculufa Master. The study of these ceramics has also contributed to our growing understanding of socio-political organization in Early Bronze Age Sicily and the Salso River Valley and provided the potential for well-defined chronologies.
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