D. Tsiafaki, An East Greek Fruitstand in Karabournaki

In book: KERAMEOS PAIDES, Chapter: An East Greek Fruitstand in Karabournaki, Publisher: Etaireia Andrion Epistemonon, pp.153-161


Subject of this paper is the publication of an East Greek fruitstand found at the settlement located on the low mound of Karabournaki, in the area of Thermaic gulf at Thessaloniki. The site is recognized as a part (kome) of the ancient Thermi, and in particular as its harbor. The latter, located by the settlement, was the only harbor at the center of the Thermaic gulf and it was related with the trading activities of the region.
The presented vessel is preserved in a fragmentary condition and it is recognized as product of the Milesian workshop. It belongs to the traditionally called «Middle Wild Goat II» category or according to the most recent system, to «MileA Id», and it is dated at the end of the 7th c. B.C. Although the profile of the vase does not differ from the well-known standard types of the stemmed dishes, the preserved part of the decoration holds some interesting combination of motifs. In particular, the volute pattern found at the center of the fruitstand to surround the tondo, is not common at this section of the vase. A 3D reconstruction of the vessel has been done, in order to make it widely accessible, and to facilitate its study.
The fragment was found within one of the semi-subterranean beehive shaped pits (yposkapton), a common attribute of the site at Karabournaki. East Greek and Corinthian pottery are the primary categories of imported ceramics found among the filling, along with the Attic SOS type and Chian trade amphorae. The local pottery was also distinctive with the so-called ‘egg-shelled’ (ookelyphi) and ‘silverish’ (asimizousa) to be characteristic. Most of the vessels found here appear to be related to symposion activities, and they belong to the Archaic period.
The studied stemmed dish is part of a number of vases made by the Milesian workshop that have been imported to Karabournaki. They can also be related to the Milesian trade amphorae found at the settlement. It seems that all the products of Miletus (fine pottery and trade amphorae) were imported at the site during the 7th c. B.C. and the first part of the 6th c. B.C. and they can be part of the trading routes followed at that time.

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