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A petrologic study of a portion of the ceramics of the so-called 'Windmill Hill' and 'Peterborough' traditions of Wessex area of Southern England

A petrologic study of a portion of the ceramics of the so-called 'Windmill Hill' and 'Peterborough' traditions of Wessex area of Southern England
A petrologic study of a portion of the ceramics of the so-called 'Windmill Hill' and 'Peterborough' traditions of Wessex area of Southern England

This study concemseaflier Neolithic (approximately 4500 B.C.- 2500 B.C.) pottery of the Wessex (Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset) area of southern England, mainly using the petrologic microscope and also heavy mineral analysis. What makes this pottery especially difficult to analyze is the lack of lith- ologic variation in the geology, thereby increasing the im- portance of the textural aspects. This thesis attempts to define the characteristics of Wind- mill Hill as opposed to Peterborough ware; to pinpoint,where possible^the specific geologic sources of individual fabric types; to map pottery distributions in order to observe pos- sible centres of manufacture and any movement of pottery from a centre, possibly due to trade or diffusion of people; to supply clues to the potters' techniques of manufacture and to discuss present theories la the light of the evidence. Much of the results proved indicative rather than incontro- vertible, due to the limited number of sites and samples ana- lyzed. The indications point towards the use of causewayed camps as market places for pottery or as distribution or re-distribution centres, and the trade of wares at a high and complexly-interrelated level, as well as the probable specific sources of oolitic and gabbroic trade wares.

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Sofranoff, Stephanie Elizabeth
Sofranoff, Stephanie Elizabeth

Sofranoff, Stephanie Elizabeth (1976) A petrologic study of a portion of the ceramics of the so-called 'Windmill Hill' and 'Peterborough' traditions of Wessex area of Southern England. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis.

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This study concemseaflier Neolithic (approximately 4500 B.C.- 2500 B.C.) pottery of the Wessex (Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset) area of southern England, mainly using the petrologic microscope and also heavy mineral analysis. What makes this pottery especially difficult to analyze is the lack of lith- ologic variation in the geology, thereby increasing the im- portance of the textural aspects. This thesis attempts to define the characteristics of Wind- mill Hill as opposed to Peterborough ware; to pinpoint,where possible^the specific geologic sources of individual fabric types; to map pottery distributions in order to observe pos- sible centres of manufacture and any movement of pottery from a centre, possibly due to trade or diffusion of people; to supply clues to the potters' techniques of manufacture and to discuss present theories la the light of the evidence. Much of the results proved indicative rather than incontro- vertible, due to the limited number of sites and samples ana- lyzed. The indications point towards the use of causewayed camps as market places for pottery or as distribution or re-distribution centres, and the trade of wares at a high and complexly-interrelated level, as well as the probable specific sources of oolitic and gabbroic trade wares.

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Published date: 1976

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Local EPrints ID: 462874
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/462874
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Author: Stephanie Elizabeth Sofranoff

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