Moulded ware production in the Early Turkish/Beylik period in western Anatolia: A case study from Ephesus and Miletus

Glazed and unglazed moulded wares from Ephesus (@ S.Y. Waksman)

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S.Y. Waksman, J. Burlot, B. Böhlendorf-Arslan, J. Vroom, Moulded wares production in the Early Turkish/Beylik period in Western Anatolia: A case study from Ephesus and Miletus, in R. Tomber et M. Spataro (eds.), Contextualising science: advances in ceramic production, use and function, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 2017 (16), p. 665-675, doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2015.11.015.

Abstract: The beginning of the Turkish period in western Anatolia saw the arrival of new ceramic types in the local pottery repertoire, related to the ‘Islamic’ world. To study this evolution from Byzantine to Turkish times, we have focused in this paper on one of these types, moulded wares, and two sites, Miletus and Ephesus. At both sites, we were able to define or redefine chemical reference groups based on evidence of local production using wavelength-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WD-XRF). The identification of the origin of the finds or their attribution to as yet unlocated workshops, and the study of the distribution of wares manufactured in these workshops, provides the basis for discussing the introduction of moulded wares in western Anatolia. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analyses have also provided some preliminary insights into the emergence and development of new ceramic techniques in the region, whose ‘end-products’ are represented by the well-known Iznik Ware. This paper presents results from initial research carried out within the framework of the POMEDOR project (People, Pottery and Food in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean).

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