What is it about?

The national pottery of the Etruscans was bucchero, characterized by the black colour inside, offside and in the interior. In 7th-6th cent BC bucchero pottery was widespreaded in the Mediterranean from Spain to Israel. Some vases have been found in the Black Sea area.

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Why is it important?

The bucchero vases from Central Italy arrived in the Black Sea area though the trade of Miletus, the Greek city in the modern-day Turkyie. Miletus yielded the largest amount of bucchero pottery in all the eastern Mediterranean and founded several colonies around the Black Sea.


I hope that further bucchero vases from that area can be identified and published in a international collaboration program

Prof. Alessandro Naso
University of Naples Federico II

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This page is a summary of: Etruscan Bucchero Pottery in the Northern Black Sea Littoral, Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia, July 2022, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15700577-20221399.
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