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A reconsideration of red slip tableware at Pompeii
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 16:35 authored by Jaye Pont
The assessment of red slip tableware at Pompeii has traditionally involved the study of pottery from AD 79 contexts housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and storerooms of Pompeii and Herculaneum. These collections represent only a partial view of the ceramics in use in Pompeii because they reflect the priorities and values of past excavators, who customarily retained only well preserved or interesting vessels. Pompeii provides an important chronological marker in the study of Roman ceramics and it is therefore crucial that the pottery in use in the city is comprehensively and accurately documented. This thesis investigates red slip pottery found in pre-AD 79 contexts in two regions of the city. The systematic and detailed examination of these ceramics has enabled a comprehensive and scientific assessment of red slip pottery found at Pompeii. Determination of the provenance of this tableware enhances current knowledge and understanding of local, regional, and inter-regional trade patterns operating in Campania. Examination of the distribution of red slip pottery throughout an entire city block reveals distinct patterns in the use of these ceramics within Pompeian society. The results of this thesis furnish new insight into the production and evolution of red slip tableware in Campania and highlight the significance of this ceramic production to the economy of Pompeii and Campania.