Ceramic neolithic pottery in Cyprus - Origin, technology and possible implications for social structure and identity

Doron Boness, Joanne Clarke, Yuval Goren

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This paper presents the results of a petrographic study conducted on a selection of 88 Cypriot Ceramic Neolithic vessels, originating at seven sites which represent various geographic regions on the island. The study is aimed at determining their place of origin and disclosing details about the technology of their production. All the studied vessels are found to be locally made on the island. There are, however, indications that there was restricted movement of ceramic vessels within defined regions in the island. In addition, a clear distinction between coarse ware and painted ware production technologies are also observed, reflecting island-wide shared technological traditions. However, even within these seemingly uniform technological traditions, regional variations are also observed. These observations support previous interpretations suggesting a division between ‘northern’ and ‘southern’ social groups on the island in the Ceramic Neolithic period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-254
Number of pages22
Issue number3
Early online date20 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Ceramic petrography
  • Cyprus
  • Neolithic
  • Origin
  • Technology

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