Handmade Burnished Ware and Prehistoric Aegean Economics

An Argument for Indigenous Appearance


  • David B. Small Lehigh University




pottery, coarse ware, burnished ware, Helledic


Attempts to explain the appearance of hand-made coarse ware in the Late Bronze Age Aegean have focused on analysis of decorative or formative elements of decoration or form and not upon mode or locus of production. Furthermore, little emphasis has been placed on locating this ware within the economic context of the Late Helladic world. A reanalysis of this pottery within its context argues strongly that its appearance represents a reaction to increased subsistence difficulties for the Aegean peasant.

Author Biography

  • David B. Small, Lehigh University
    David B. Small is director of the program in Classical Civilizations at Lehigh University. He received a PhD in Classical Archaeology from Cambridge University in 1983. He is currently engaged in research on paradigms of Greek state development, gender construction, and principles of structural operation in the archaeological past. His publications have appeared in various journals, including the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, and the Bulletin of American Schools of Oriental Research. He has participated in several field projects in the Mediterranean and is currently director of a project studying mortuary ostentation and community articulation in nineteenth-century Pennsylvania.






How to Cite

Small, D. B. (1990). Handmade Burnished Ware and Prehistoric Aegean Economics: An Argument for Indigenous Appearance. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 3(1), 3-28. https://doi.org/10.1558/jmea.v3i1.3