- Also known as
- Red Polished III
- Scope note
- The traditional classification system for Red Polished Ware is that of Stewart (1962, 1988–2012), based on chronological divisions, I-IV. However, because it was based almost exclusively on material from a small number of cemetery sites in northern Cyprus (mostly Lapithos Vrysi tou Barba and Bellapais Vounous), it has not always proved useful for classifying material from subsequent excavations in the centre and south of the island. Regional differences were particularly applicable to Red Polished I-II of the Early Cypriot I-II period). By Early Cypriot III to Middle Cypriot I, interregional connections were much more common and the pottery styles became less divergent (Webb and Frankel 2013, 76).
Red Polished III, which was made between the end of the Early Cypriot period and the end of the Middle Cypriot (c. 2150–1750 BC), was much more widespread with less regional diversity than Red Polished I-II. The Stewart classification (Stewart 1962, 1988–2012) is therefore more universally applicable, and the large variety of forms may be typed using the alpha-numeric divisions e.g. Stewart type XIII B b3, which can be entered under the comment box. Nevertheless, Red Polished III is still represented by diverse fabrics (Barlow 1999) and there is also a Red Polished III (mottled) variety (Herscher 2013, 144). If known this may be noted in the comment box.
Barlow J. A. 1991, "New light on Red Polished ware", in J.A. Barlow et al. (eds), 'Cypriot ceramics: Reading the prehistoric record', Philadelphia, 51–7.
Herscher E. 2013, "Stewart's ceramic classification: lessons from fifty years of use" in: A.B. Knapp et al. 'J.R.B. Stewart. An Archaeological Legacy', Uppsala.
Stewart J. R. 1988–2012, 'Corpus of Cypriote artefacts of the Early Bronze Age, Parts 1–4', (SIMA 3:1–4) Göteborg, Jonsered, UppsalaStewart J. 1962, 'The Early Cypriot Bronze Age', in: The Swedish Cyprus Expedition Volume 1A, Lund, 205-401.
Webb J.M. and Frankel D. 2013, "Cultural regionalism and divergent social trajectories in Early Bronze Age Cyprus" in; 'American Journal of Archaeology', 117, 59–81.
- Broader terms
Cypriot Ware Type