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The Puzzle Of The Century: Pottery Marks

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The pottery from the stronghold site at Kalisz-Zawodzie is a very useful assemblage of material for studies on potters' marks. In the assemblage of material from that center as many as 529 of the vessel bases recovered were found to bear these marks. Thus Kalisz is one of the archaeological sites with high proportions of marked pottery. The finds from Kalisz are distinguished by the diversity of the forms and by the lack of identical signs. Furthermore, despite their diversity, there are no symbols which occur only at that site. The most popular are variants of the cross and swastika, also circles and polygons are frequent. Both the chronological and geographical context of the finds of bases with stamps indicates that it was an interregional phenomenon known for various European peoples in the Early Middle Ages.

Keywords:Early Middle Ages; Kalisz; pottery



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