Pre-desert Tripolitania: a new archaeological and archaeometrical examination of Red Slip Ware from the Ghirza excavations and the Libyan Valleys Survey

Abstract : The First Libyan Pottery Workshop, held in July 2014 in the Society for Libyan Studies archives at the University of Leices-ter, set out to review the pottery samples from the Ghirza excavations and the Libyan Valleys Survey. A new archaeological and archaeometrical (petrographical) examination of these sherds (some of them previously published by John W. Hayes and John Dore in 1984 and 1996) allowed us to better characterise the Red Slip ware production of the pre-desert region of Tripolitania between the end of the 2 nd and the 7 th century. a new archaeological and archaeometrical examination of red sliP ware from the ghirza excavations and the libyan valleys survey this short, preliminary study is based on a pottery workshop carried out in July 2014 at the University of Leicester, in collaboration with the Centre Camille Jullian (aix-en-Provence). 1 the aim of the project was to examine and scientifically analyse a selection of pottery sherds from the Society for Libyan Studies archives, to improve our understanding of trade routes and supply channels across the Libyan pre-desert and beyond. the Roman pottery studied here comes from Ghirza and the Libyan Valleys (fig. 1), and is dated between the 2 nd to 7 th century aD. Ghirza is a pre-desert settlement investigated in 1955-57. a selection of the pottery was published by J. W. Hayes. 2 the Libyan Valleys survey was carried out in 1979-89 and the pottery studied by J. n. Dore. 3
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Victoria Leitch, Michel Bonifay, Claudio Capelli, David Mattingly. Pre-desert Tripolitania: a new archaeological and archaeometrical examination of Red Slip Ware from the Ghirza excavations and the Libyan Valleys Survey. Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautorum Acta 45, pp.759-763, 2018. ⟨halshs-01956360⟩

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