The study of the pottery of the Early Bronze Age settlement at Helike near Aigion, excavated by Dr. D. Katsonopoulou, is one of my most important and most promised projects I have been involved in. It is a rich and impressive ceramic assemblage from a series of overlying building phases expanding chronologically over the Early Helladic II and III periods, in the mid- and late 3rd millennium BC.
The Helike pottery repertoire includes all characteristic shapes of the period, such as an exceptional Troyan-type ‘depas’, rim- and shoulder-handled cups, tankards, pyxides, amphoras, jugs and a big collection of storage jars of various sizes. Most of the table and cooking wares are burnished, but there is a considerable collection of patterned and solidly painted serving vessels.
The jars consist an assemblage of its own particularity, exhibiting standardized manufacture in terms of fabrics and tempering, as well as of formation standards, such as the multiple clay layerings for wall building, the application of extra clay stripes on junctions and the attachment of standardized roped impressions. It is likely that the biggest of these jars have acquired a definite position inside the buildings and may have even been manufactured in situ.