Early Helladic Decorated Ceramic Hearths Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Galligan, Erin Elaine
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
  • Early Helladic (EH) II ceramic hearths are often one criterion for identifying central place sites in the EH II landscape, which are otherwise characterized by some combination of monumental architecture, fortification walls, and evidence of incipient administrative systems. Often decorated with incised, impressed, or roller-impressed geometric designs, these hearths are a component of an elite assemblage, despite the fact that the ceramic type has not yet been studied comprehensively as an artifact. This dissertation presents the results of a project that examines the decorated ceramic hearth with special emphasis on the Greek mainland. It compiles a catalog of published examples of complete and fragmentary ceramic hearths, examining patterns of form, typology, and depositional context. It finds that the circular shape is most common in mainland Greece, and that they were often but not always used and displayed in elite architectural contexts that served as the backdrop for formal feasting and/or drinking activities. The dissertation also examines the iconography of the decorated hearth rims in comparison to other glyptic evidence of the period, namely sealings and roller-impressed pithoi, and finds that the hearths have their own unique iconography, similar to but with significant differences from the pithoi, with which they are often compared. Elites at these emerging centers of economic control created a new iconographic repertoire to distinguish themselves, which is then reduplicated across the landscape in public contexts of consumption.
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  • Haggis, Donald
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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