Ware/Ware Family

Cypriot Plain White (Iron Age)

Cyprus/Chrysochou Valley, Cyprus/Eastern Mesoria, Cyprus/Eastern South Coast, Cyprus/Karpass Peninsula, Cyprus/Kyrenia Mountains and North Coast, Cyprus/Troodos mountains, Cyprus/Western Mesoria, Cyprus/Western South Coast

Cypro-Geometric, Cypro-Archaic, Cypro-Classical

c. 1050-c. 300 BCE

Ware/Ware Family: Cypriot Plain White (Iron Age)

Ware/Ware Family Name, Origin, and Date

Cypriot Plain White (Iron Age)

Cyprus/Chrysochou Valley, Cyprus/Eastern Mesoria, Cyprus/Eastern South Coast, Cyprus/Karpass Peninsula, Cyprus/Kyrenia Mountains and North Coast, Cyprus/Troodos mountains, Cyprus/Western Mesoria, Cyprus/Western South Coast

c. 1050-c. 300 BCE

Cypro-Geometric, Cypro-Archaic, Cypro-Classical

A variant of Plain Light ware (PLW; dark version can be seen as PDW) is Plain White ware (CPW), which looks to have an applied white slip on it. This sharp color difference between the core and the surface of a vessel, however, seems to come from a (sharply? or suddenly?) reducing atmosphere, which changes the color of the surface and the core at different rates (Hocking 2001). This creates a slip-like appearance and may be characteristic of a region or regions of the island in ceramic manufacture. The regional profile of this ware needs further research. A CPW surface appears on some Cypriot White Painted (CWP) and Bichrome sherds (CBI).

Site Distribution

Polis, Peristeries (Princeton Grid Area B.D7) (Cyprus/Chrysochou Valley)

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