Ware/Ware Family: Palestinian Grey/Black Gaza Ware

Name, Origin, Date

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Palestinian Grey/Black...

Israel-Palestinian Aut...

c. 18th - mid-20th c. CE

Ottoman, British Mandate

General Information

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Grey/Black Gaza ware is a long-lived ware family with multiple production centers in and around the southern Levantine cities of Gaza and Faluja. The consensus belief is that the beginning date of production is around c. 1800, on the basis of 19th c. travelers accounts and archaeological evidence from Ramot Nof, Be'er Shema, and Nahal Be'erotayim. A few scholars believe that production began much earlier, in the 16th c. CE, on the evidence of (as yet-unpublished) finds from Aphek-Antipatris and Tel Beth Shemesh.

This ware family is represented by a wide range of utilitarian/household shapes, all fired in a reducing atmosphere so that they are fully fired grey all over. On the basis of historical and ethnographic records, we know...


Cooking pot
Tel Hadid
c. 18th to mid-20th c. CE
Ottoman


Bowl
Tell es-Safi/Gath
1516 CE - 1917 CE
Ottoman


Krater
Tel Hadid
c. 18th to mid-20th c. CE
Ottoman


Amphora
Tel Hadid
c. 18th to mid-20th c. CE
Ottoman

Break Photos  4


Krater
Tel Hadid
c. 18th to mid-20th c. CE
Ottoman


Amphora
Tel Hadid
c. 18th to mid-20th c. CE
Ottoman


Krater
Tel Hadid
c. 18th to mid-20th c. CE
Ottoman


Cooking pot
Tel Hadid
c. 18th to mid-20th c. CE
Ottoman

Petrographic Samples  3




c. 18th to mid-20th c. CE

Magnification:
Polarized Light?
XPL




c. 18th to mid-20th c. CE

Magnification:
Polarized Light?
XPL




c. 18th to mid-20th c. CE

Magnification:
Polarized Light?
XPL

Description

Hard, gritty, dark grey or black fabric

Earlier/Alternative Names

Black Gaza ware, Grey Gaza ware

Site Distribution

Tel Hadid (Israel-Palestinian Authority/Central Highlands)

Tell es-Safi/Gath (Israel-Palestinian Authority/Southern Coastal Plain)

Associated Petrofabrics

Associated Kilns/Workshops

Bibliography

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  1. Sinibaldi, M.. "The pottery from the 11th-20th centuries from the FJHP survey. Ceramics, Settlement and Pilgrimage at Jabal Harun during the Late Islamic periods " in Petra, the Mountain of Aaron. The Archaeological Survey, ed(s). P. Kouki and M. Lavento. Vol. III.. Societas Scientiarium Fennica, 2013, 168-192

Discussion/Acknowledgements

<p>Outstanding questions about this ware: Petro-fabrics?&nbsp;</p>