Cosa: the Italian sigillata by Maria Teresa Marabini Moevs

By Maria Teresa Marabini Moevs

This publication info Maria Teresa Marabini Moevs's findings of Italian Sigillata pottery on the Cosa excavation web site, a useful resource of data on Roman colonization, urbanism, and way of life considering excavation all started in 1948. the phenomenal exterior stipulations at Cosa preserved archaeological degrees of average strata from the early and overdue first century b.c., permitting documentation of the earliest stages of Italian Sigillata, which speedy grew to become a huge empire-wide export. This popular pottery went via many alterations in colour and presentation in the course of the Roman colonial period, in accordance with numerous transitions and advancements in Roman society. The study awarded during this quantity of the sequence from the yankee Academy in Rome should be of serious curiosity to the archaeological and classical stories community.Maria Teresa Marabini Moevs is Professor of Classics and Archaeology Emerita at Rutgers and a former professor of Italian within the division of Romance Languages at Douglass university. She was once a Fellow in Classics on the American Academy in Rome in 1963-64 and formerly a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship for Italian graduates in archaeology on the related establishment. From the inception of her organization with the Academy to the current she has been a member of the crew accountable for the excavation and examine of the Roman colony of Cosa. within the Memoirs of the yank Academy in Rome she has released The Roman skinny Walled Pottery from Cosa (1973), The Italo-Megarian Ware at Cosa (1980), and Aco in Northern Etruria: The Workshop of Cusonius at Cosa (1980). She is the recipient of 2 nationwide literary prizes for her severe experiences at the effect of classical artwork and archaeology on modern Italian literature. She is married to the yankee composer Robert Moevs.

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The floor decoration consists of two groups of incised lines around the center. The fabric is fine, moderately soft, of buff color (5YR7/5); the slip is thin, dull, slightly mottled, of brownish red color (10R4/8). C. C. (see below pp. 20-2 1). A black slip base with five rectangularstamps C. 415; pl. 52), found also in the constructionlevel,50may set the latest chronological limit for the materialpreceding the construction of the house. The earliest date for the red sigillata related to its occupation may be found instead in the sediment layer of a vaulted cesspool that underlies a bathroom in the remodeled northwest portion of the later house (Room 3) 51 The date of construction of the cesspool is uncertain;it may originallyhave been connected with the earlier republican house, but the bulk of the material recovered from its filling, including its sediment layer, reflects an early stage in the occupation of the later house.

The roundedprofileof the rimand the techniquemayalsosuggesta similarityto Conspectus form8. PLATES OR PLATTERS WITH OFFSET AND VARIOUSLYARTICULATED RIM Dump9. TechnicallylaterthanDump 12, it suggestsa formsimilarto Conspectus form5. Sametechnicalstageas the preceding. Dump11. Theverypoorpreservation of the surfacemakesit impossibleto definethe characteristicsof the fabricandslip. Dump 12. 1. 18 THE UNDECORATED SIGILLATAWARE The following small fragmentsof articulatedrims belong to plates or platters of forms similar to the preceding.

150). It has a short thick foot of small diameter,deeply concave inside, an almost flat floor and wall of increasing thickness toward the foot. The floor decoration consists of two groups of incised lines around the center. The fabric is fine, moderately soft, of buff color (5YR7/5); the slip is thin, dull, slightly mottled, of brownish red color (10R4/8). C. C. (see below pp. 20-2 1). A black slip base with five rectangularstamps C. 415; pl. 52), found also in the constructionlevel,50may set the latest chronological limit for the materialpreceding the construction of the house.

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