Classical and Hellenistic black-glaze pottery from Poggio Colla
In: Biblioteca di «Studi Etruschi»: 66, 2022
From 2007 to 2009, excavations at Poggio Colla revealed a construction fill just outside the west wall of the Phase 2 monumental building. This fill appears to be part of 4th-century leveling and site preparation activity for the Phase 3 courtyard building, a structure that reflects a shift at the site from mainly religious activity to more secular functions. The ceramic assemblage includes a very large quantity of locally-produced fine ware along with a smaller percentage of Etruscan black-glaze and red-figure ware; it appears to be associated with two probable rituals of transition at the corners of the courtyard structure. Some faunal evidence together with the pottery shapes preserved suggests that the fill represents the debris from one or more commensal events marking the closure of one phase and the beginning of a final chapter in the history of the site. This paper presents the ceramic assemblage from the fill, providing a snapshot of both local and imported wares in the second half of the 4th century. Particularly interesting are relationships between specific drinking shapes in sovradipinto and black-glaze at Poggio Colla and those found at the cemetery at Monte Tamburino; these connections suggest that both men and women participated in the commensal event at Poggio Colla. Connections with sites at Monte Giovi, Bologna, and Marzabotto are explored as well.