Excavations at Francavilla Marittima 1991–2004

Matt-Painted Pottery from theTimpone della Motta / Volume 2 The Cross-Hatched Bands Style

Marianne Kleibrink, Marianna Fasanella Masci, Lucilla Barresi


This 2nd volume of the Oenotrian matt-painted pottery found during the excavations at Francavilla Marittima (Calabria) in the sanctuary on top of the Timpone della Motta and in the dwellings lower down the hill presents a decorative tradition labelled the ‘Cross-hatching Bands Style’. An earlier BAR volume (S2423) treated the ‘Undulating Bands Style’ and further BAR volumes on the ‘Fringes’, ‘Miniature’ and ‘Red-and-Black’ Styles will hopefully follow). The books reflect the views of Prof. Douwe Yntema, in that matt-painted ceramics indicate one of the major starting points for investigations into the native societies of southern Italy and should merit closer study.

‘The comprehensive nature of the publication can only be described as exemplary and reminds us of the tremendous service to the discipline that is provided by the BAR series…In keeping with the nature of the volume, the treatment of each individual sherd is characterised by thoroughness. The decoration is extensively described and similar attention is devoted to the fabric and to manufacturing marks, where they exist. This is a level of detail that one rarely finds in pottery reports from excavations.’
Edward Herring, Ancient West and East, Volume 15, 2016