A complete analysis of matt-painted pottery from Segesta, Sicily is presented in this volume. The analysis is based on direct examination of thousands of pottery fragments excavated from different contexts, both public and domestic, and from which the author derives a detailed typological and chronological order. The core of this study is the analysis of the functional aspects of the pottery. The complementary relationships between the Greek imports and the possible derivation of certain forms from the local allogenic pottery are highlighted. The research also focuses on other sites in western Sicily employing both published and unpublished material. The archaeological findings of Segesta can be contextualised in a network of relationships with other nearby centers within which Segesta is considered a political and cultural reference point. In analysing matt-painted pottery this work improves on previous research and contributes new insights into the lives and networks of indigenous inhabitants of Sicily in the late Iron Age and Archaic Era.AUTHOR
Alfonsa Serra collaborates with the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the University of Palermo. Her main areas of research are archaic pottery in Sicily and metal finds. She has studied matt-painted pottery from sites of western Sicily (Segesta,Entella). She is currently also working on metallurgic workshops in Calabria (Kaulonia).