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Hellenistic and Roman Pontecagnano

Practical remarks and abbreviations

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1. Practical Remarks

1Trenches and strata are referred to by capital letters and Roman numerals respectively, for instance A VI (i.e. trench A, stratum VI).

2Walls are denoted by capital letters and Arabic numerals, e.g. F1 (i.e. wall in trench F).

3Catalogued finds are designated with capital letters followed by a hyphen and Arabic numerals, for instance cat. no. A-l and cat. no. EE-65.

4Non-catalogued finds mentioned in the text are referred to by their find numbers, for instance #160-3-255, #90-53.

5For clay descriptions the Munsell Soil Color Charts were used throughout excavations and study seasons. Fabric analyses in the strict sense of the word were given a lower priority. This is of course unfortunate, in particular when it comes to the identification of the production areas of the many differentiated wares, an issue that often cannot be discussed without fabric analysis. The very short period with direct access to the material favoured a more strictly morphological description, in combination with the ‘quick-to-use’ Munsell.

6Unless otherwise stated, all measurements in the catalogues are given as preserved maximum dimensions in centimetres.

7Concerning common wares and coarse wares, the thickness of the sherd served as criterion for ascription to one or another group. Sherds up to 1 cm thick were assigned to common wares and sherds of 1 cm and more to coarse wares. Because of the number of sherds, these two groups of sherds were studies by different specialists and consequently are delt with in separate chapters. At the final stage of preparation for publication it was decided to subdivide the catalogued material within each group according to function of the vessels – as far as it is possible.

8Due to the original division based on thickness the clibani are contained in the chapter on coarse wares. This shape is in many publications treated in the section on common wares. As the two groups were treated separately during the whole process of preparation for publication, it was decided to maintain this (not always most logical) division instead of reorganizing the entire material.

9Tables: As to the distribution of fragments from the various classes of pottery, only diagnostic sherds are inserted.

10Drawings, coarse wares: A zigzag indicates unknown diameter. A gap indicates a diameter too large to be reproduced.

2. Abbreviations and signs used

11beg. = beginning

12bl = bottom level

13cent. = century/centuries

14est. = estimated

15H. = height

16L. = length

17max. = maximum

18min. = minimum

19MusNaz = Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell’Agro


21pres. = preserved

22sl = surface level

23Th. = thickness

24tl = top level

25W. = width

26Ø = diameter

27> = greater than/larger than

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