The present research has the main objective of studying storage modes regarding pithoi in the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean, aiming at better understanding the socio-economic organisation of the three contexts under examination - Pyla-Kokkinokremos, Kommos, and Broglio di Trebisacce. Despite the fact that this research embraces the whole Mediterranean, the research question arises from the Italian perspective. Indeed, the Italian pithos production started - after the contact with the Aegeans - during the 13th century BC (Italian Recent Bronze Age). The Late Bronze Age was indeed characterised by the existence of intense Mediterranean networks linking Anatolia, the Levant, Egypt, Cyprus, the Aegeans and, at a lower extent, also the Western Mediterranean. The work is developed in nine Chapters, which includes typological, technological and functional analyses in order to obtain a proper comprehension of the pithos.
Pithos (museum Larnaca)