Cyclops — Keeping an Eye on Pots

Wrapping up our celebration of Pot Week, here’s a singular pot study.

Keeping an Eye on Your Pots: The Provenance of Neolithic Ceramics from the Cave of the Cyclops, Youra, Greece,” Patrick Quinn, Peter Day, Vassilis Kilikoglou, Edward Faber, Stella Katsarou-Tzeveleki, Adamantios Sampson, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 37, Issue 5, May 2010, Pages 1042-1052, (Thanks to investigator Tom Gill for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at various institutions in Greece and in the UK, report:

“Combined petrographic and chemical analysis of MN and LN ceramics from the Cave of the Cyclops on the island of Youra, Greece, has revealed a compositionally diverse assemblage with a range of different local and off-island sources. Ceramics deposited in Neolithic times on this barren, rocky outpost of the Sporades chain may have originated from a surprising number of possible origins, including from the Plain of Thessaly, Euboea and the volcanic northeast Aegean islands. This picture challenges traditional assumptions.”