Ware/Ware Family: Southern Phoenician Hellenistic Red Slipped Ware

Name, Origin, Date

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Southern Phoenician He...

Israel/Central Coastal...

3rd -2nd centuries BCE

Achaemenid Persian, He...

General Information

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From the 4th-2nd centuries BCE potters along the southern Phoenician coast, from Tyre in the north down to the Sharon plain in the south, produced vessels for individual table service - mostly small saucers and bowls - in this ware. The fabric is rather rough and granular, ranging in color from pale pink to reddish brown (5YR 5/4–5YR 7/4), with fine lime and gray inclusions, and usually fully fired. Vessels carry a thin, matte slip, fired variously from dark reddish brown to light orange, covering the entire interior and the upper exterior walls ("semi-slipped"), with an uneven, sometimes drippy edge. Petrographic analysis of samples from Tel Kedesh conform with soils from Rosh Ha-Niqra in the north to the Carmel range around ‘Akko (Anas...

Bowl, incurved rim
'Akko, Harbor
late 3rd-mid 2nd c. BCE
Middle Hellenistic


Saucer
'Akko, Harbor
3rd-2nd c. BCE
Middle Hellenistic


Saucer
'Akko, Harbor
3rd-2nd c. BCE
Hellenistic


Bowl, incurved rim
'Akko, Harbor
3rd-2nd c. BCE
Hellenistic

Break Photos  13

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Bowl
Tel Dor
3rd-2nd c. BCE
Hellenistic


Tel Dor
3rd c. BCE
Achaemenid Persian, Early Hellenistic


Bowl
Tel Dor
Hellenistic


Saucer
'Akko, Harbor
3rd-2nd c. BCE
Middle Hellenistic

Petrographic Samples  5

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332 BCE - 63 BCE
Hellenistic

Magnification:
Polarized Light?
XPL




1st half 2nd c. BCE
middle Hellenistic

Magnification:
20
Polarized Light?
XPL




3rd-2nd c. BCE
Late Persian| Early Hellenistic

Magnification:
Polarized Light?
XPL




3rd c. BCE
Late Persian| Early Hellenistic

Magnification:
Polarized Light?
XPL

Description

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Fabric is fairly soft and granular (sandy), moderately well levigated with occasional small to medium rounded white inclusions and voids. Fired a pale pink brown color throughout (5YR 6/8-7/5YR 8/3). Vessels are coated on the interior and upper portion of the exterior with a matte orange red slip (10R 4/6-2.5YR 5/8) that often drips down the exterior wall that is occasionally misfired to black. The clay has medium pores, moderately sorted, very coarse angular sand. Made of variet...

Earlier/Alternative Names

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Central Coastal Hellenistic Fine Ware (CCF), Carmel Coast Persian-Hellenistic Table Ware, Loca...

Site Distribution

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'Akko, Harbor (Israel/Northern Coastal Plain)

'Akko/Acre (Israel/Northern Coastal Plain)

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