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Student Introduces New System for Overlooked Wares of Ancient Greece

Up until now, a small minority of pottery from the earliest Mycenaean civilization has gotten nearly all of the attention.

Date: 1/2/2003
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: 513-556-1826
Up until now, a small minority of pottery from the earliest Mycenaean civilization has gotten nearly all of the attention. Work by University of Cincinnati doctoral candidate Jeffrey L. Kramer is changing that.

In a presentation at the Archaeological Institute of America conference in New Orleans Jan. 3-6, Kramer will introduce scholars of Aegean prehistory to a classification system he is developing for the vast array of Mycenaean pottery that has been largely ignored by scholars. Instead, historians of Aegean antiquity have devoted much attention to Late Bronze Age pottery known as "Mycenaean decorated," thought to be highly influenced by Minoan influences from Crete. But Kramer, who hopes to complete his PhD in Greek archaeology by June 2003, points out that the "Mycenaean decorated" category accounts for less than 5 percent and in some excavations, zero percent, of the pottery found from that period. His presentation is scheduled for Jan. 4. Read the full story...

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