Ware/Ware Family: Philistine Monochrome

Name, Origin, Date

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Philistine Monochrome

Israel/Southern Coasta...

1200 BCE - 1130 BCE

Iron Age I

General Information

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Philistine Monochrome ware (known also as Philistine 1 or Mycenaean IIIC:1), decorated in monochrome paint, derives from the Late Helladic IIIC assemblages of the first half of the 12th century BCE, and is the primary material culture marker for the initial settlement phase of the Philistines in the Southern Coastal Plain.

The bulk of the Philistine Monochrome repertoire is comprised of bowls. Bell-shaped bowls are the most common, small carinated bowls with strap handles appear in smaller numbers, while other bowl types are quite rare. Other open vessels – kraters, basins and kylikes – appear in limited quantities. Philistine Monochrome vessels are relatively infrequent and are represented mainly by jugs, stirrup jars, strainer...

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Strainer jug
Ashdod


Jug
Khirbet el-Rai (Arai)
12th-11th c. BCE
Iron Age I

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Bowl
Ashdod

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Tel Zeror
1200 BCE - 1000 BCE
Iron Age I

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Petrographic Samples  83

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1200 BCE - 1000 BCE
Early Iron Age

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Philistine Monochrome vessels are generally well levigated, unslipped with whitish-light brown fabric (occassionally pinkish), the color of their painted decoration is brown or dark-red or, rarely, black, and it always has a matt finish. Philistine Monochrome ware is divided into fine and coarser groups. The fine group has a white, buff or pinkish ware color, no core, few or no inclusions, a hard and metallic matrix, and a wet-smoothed surface. This ware is calcareous, with small amount ...

Earlier/Alternative Names

Site Distribution

Ashdod (Israel/Southern Coastal Plain)

Ashkelon (Israel/Southern Coastal Plain)

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