The Neolithic pottery we have been studying from Koutroulou Magoula has the advantage of offering very precise contextual correlation to the spatial use of the Neolithic mound, which was not something possible to secure in earlier excavations of similar sites in Thessaly. Pottery at Koutroulou has been acquired from the interior areas, though they come mainly from the outdoor area of Neolithic houses; the pattern of deposition has proven to be different between the two. In terms of shapes, vessel types mainly include cups, bowls and basins, alongside cooking pots, collared jars, spouted pots and offering tables. The vases are decorated with applied features, but mainly by color variation achieved by the manner in which pots are placed in the firing pit, the relationship to the firing material and the rest of the ceramic load. Decorative variations are also produced through a range of surface treatments including polishing and the application of painted patterns.
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