Ancient Cookware from the Levant - An Ethnoarchaeological Perspective - Gloria London

Ancient Cookware from the Levant - An Ethnoarchaeological Perspective - Gloria London

5. Clay Deposits, Traditional Mining and Clay Preparation in Cyprus

Ancient Cookware from the Levant - An Ethnoarchaeological Perspective - Gloria London

Gloria London [+-]
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Gloria London received her Ph.D from the University of Arizona. She is the author of Ancient Cookware from the Levant (2017, Equinox), Traditional Pottery in Cyrpus (1989, Philipp von Zabern), creator of a video Women Potters of Cyprus (2000, Tetraktys), and co-creator of the Museum of Traditional Pottery in Ayios Dimitrios (Marathasa), Cyprus.

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The traditional technique of clay preparation in all villages was identical until electrical equipment came to Kornos. Older practices for mining and preparing clay prevailed longer in the remote Troodos area. Potters or their spouses beat clay with a bent wooden stick and mixed clay in the traditional skafi. Kornos potters worked with a single red firing clay. In Ayios Dimitrios and Kaminaria, potters ideally combine two clays to benefit from the properties inherent in each, unless they shaped porous-walled jugs. The Kaminaria potter used red clay alone if white was not available. At no time did potters add anything other than water to prepare clays suitable for coarse ware ceramics of all shapes and sizes. In the past 50 years, clay sources have changed three times in Kornos, the major supplier of handmade pots to lowland consumers Pottery is made in a small number of rural communities, but during the winter, most evidence of its production vanishes as villagers repurpose their limited courtyard space to shelter animals.

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London, Gloria. 5. Clay Deposits, Traditional Mining and Clay Preparation in Cyprus. Ancient Cookware from the Levant - An Ethnoarchaeological Perspective. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 69-80 Aug 2016. ISBN 9781781791998. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23845. Date accessed: 19 Jan 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23845. Aug 2016

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