2006 STUDENT RESEARCH
Professor Ann Steiner,
Franklin and Marshall College
Kelli Briscoe, Southern Methodist University
and Marshall College
Sarah Evans, Franklin and Marshall College
Alexandra Jenal, Franklin and Marshall College
Lab Assistant: Aaron Bartels, University of Texas
right: Kelli Briscoe, Chris Didizian, Sarah Evans, Nicole
Alexandra Jenal, and Prof. Ann Steiner discuss coarsware from
the Podere Funghi.
Coarse Ware Pottery at
the Podere Funghi
Project Statement by Professor Ann Steiner:
Poggio Colla and the
Podere Funghi offer a host of intriguing possibilities for pottery
study; the sites have remarkable promise for filling in our understanding
of local pottery production as well as the dissemination of pottery
throughout North Etruria. Previous pottery-focused research projects
made significant progress on understanding the black-glaze pottery
(2002-3) and the locally-made fine ware (2004-5) at Poggio Colla
and the Podere Funghi. Our goal for 2006 was to learn an equal
amount about the coarse ware pottery. Coarse ware encompasses
a wide range of ceramic types. It may be wheel made or hand built,
and it has visible inclusions such as small grains of sand or
even tiny pebbles. Sometimes temper, such as straw, grass, or
grog (ground up pottery) is visible. The vessels made in coarse
fabrics include those used for cooking and storage; at the Podere
Funghi we also have what are apparently "special occasion"
Aaron Bartels guides the
coarseware research group in documentation.
Our first goal was to
establish the range of coarse ware fabrics and shapes at the
site. We began with a survey of the inventoried pottery, those
fragments deemed potentially diagnostic by trench supervisors
in previous seasons. The draftsman prepared professional profile
drawings of these examples as part of our documentation, and
we used those drawings to establish our typology. Next, we undertook
the monumental task of sorting through the context pottery, presently
stored in our museum basement. The context pottery includes every
piece of ceramic material excavated at the Podere Funghi since
1998 that trench supervisors did not identify for the inventory;
because so little was known about the coarse ware, it is very
likely that significant fragments were overlooked. We will then
integrated this new material into the inventory and amended our
typology where necessary.
Our primary goal was
to produce a typology of the coarse ware fabrics and shapes from
the Podere Funghi dating from the 7th century to c. 175 B.C.
In addition, we used what we had learned about the pottery to
understand better the function of the architecture at the Podere
The members of our group
are Sarah Evans, F&M '07; Chris Didizian, F&M '07; Alexandra
Jenal, F&M '08; Kelly Briscoe, SMU Graduate School of History.
Sarah Evans, Alexandra Jenal, Chris Didizian,
Nicole Beratesqui, Ann Steiner, and Aaron Bartels.
Alexandra Jenal and Sarah Evans organizing coarseware documents.