Pottery in Archaeology by Clive Orton download in pdf, ePub, iPad
Fine vessels with incised and stamped decoration were also made. However, modern scholarship concerning the region has been hampered by the lack of properly studied and published Punic material. Clay pits were usually dug quite close to the kiln, on the peasant's croft or common.
On the other hands most of evidence from the field surveys indicates that there was intensive economic growth in the provinces of North Africa, particularly, Africa Proconsularis. These brought about the transformation from open farm building, represented with ashlar masonry, to the fortified farmhouse type.
The latter were often used in cremation cemeteries to hold the ashes of the deceased. On the other hand, the range of settlement types recorded by the previous survey clearly suggests the existence of sophisticated agricultural organisation of the countryside on the Tarhuna plateau. Vessel types included jars, cooking pots, large storage vessels, spouted pitchers and bowls, some lamps and crucibles. All olive presses known from the previous works in the Gebel Tarhuna are of the lever-and windlass type. These surveyors will count sherds, lithics, kiln debris and other relevant artefacts, and collect a representative sample of diagnostics for specialist study in the labs.
The bibliography at the end provides references to more detailed and comprehensive sources. The study is based on the plateau region which runs from wadi Fum Mulga and wadi Wef westwards and eastwards to wadi Gsea and wadi Turgut. The earliest types are mosaic pavements.