Book Chapter

Characterization of Maltese pottery of the Late Neolithic, Bronze Age and Punic Period by neutron activation analysis

H Mommsen, A Bonanno, K Chetcuti Bonavita, I Kakoulli, M Musumeci, C Sagona, A Schwedt, NC Vella, N Zacharias

Geological Society Special Publication | GEOLOGICAL SOC PUBLISHING HOUSE | Published : 2006


A set of 41 samples from Tas-Silg, Malta, has been analysed by neutron activation. It contained nine ware groups formed by visual examination covering the Late Neolithic, Bronze Age and Punic Periods (c. 3000-218 BC). Despite this diversity and long time range, seven of these ware groups, including the 'Thermi Ware', all have a similar chemical composition and, therefore, have been made from the same clay. This points most probably to a local origin. One group from the Punic Period, containing only Bricky Red cooking ware, is chemically separate and represents a second distinct pattern probably assignable to a local production. Five amphora sherds also from the Punic Period, and consisting o..

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