February 2014

Ceramic pots with graffiti

Ceramic pot with graffitiThe custom of marking the ceramic containers with micro-inscriptions was quite often during the antiquity. Whether it is about potter markings, capacity measurements, indication of price, content or owner, these small notations are important for archaeology, offering additional information about various aspects of daily life.

These marks on the ceramic are mainly of two types: made before the burning or scratched in the burnt clay (graffiti). Usually, each of these variants may involve different interpretations.