Ware/Ware Family: Aegean/Asia Minor Iron Age Micaceous Cooking Ware

Name, Origin, Date

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Aegean/Asia Minor Iron...


8th - 6th centuries BCE

Iron Age II-III

General Information

This ware is dominated by the intentional inclusion of sand-sized fragments of quartz-mica schist. The mica schist comes from a well-defined metamorphic belt: the Median Crystalline Belt, which begins in the southern part of Euboea and extends past Aegina, Naxos, Mykonos, and Samos, and on into the Anatolia interior around Miletos (Whitbread 1995a:fig. A1.1). Thus on petrographic evidence alone, the precise origin cannot be more narrowly identified. However since different producers throughout this wide region created various shapes, it is often possible to pinpoint the origin by comparing specific forms.

Vessels  2

Cooking pot
7th century BCE
Iron Age II

Cooking pot
7th century BCE
Iron Age II

Break Photos  0

Petrographic Samples  1

7th century BCE
Iron Age II

Polarized Light?


Coarse, yellowish-red (5YR 4/6) clay. Very micaceous with fine to large mica flakes and pieces and occasional small white and dark grits.

Earlier/Alternative Names

Site Distribution

Ashkelon (Israel-Palestinian Authority/Southern Coastal Plain)

Associated Petrofabrics

Associated Kilns/Workshops


  1. Waldbaum, Jane C. "Greek Pottery" in Ashkelon 3: The Seventh Century B.C., ed(s). Lawrence E. Stager, Daniel M. Master, David J. Schloen. Harvard Semitic Museum Publications Final Reports of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon 3. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2011, 127-338