Kenchreai IV, pp. 145-146, no. RC 102a, pl. 38 (B. Adamsheck: “Byzantine“)
Byzantine Emporio, pp. 110, 113, no. 273, fig. 42 (Fortress, Chios, Early Byzantine: J. Boardman).
Lid with single handle. Roughly circular though quite irregular from above. Outer is rounded, though irregular in profile in extant part. Lid does not rest firmly on flat surface, underside worn with shallow pitting. Single handle has ”rounded-rectangular” profile, angular turn from highest point down to disk; slanted in lengthwise profile. A schematic palm-leaf is incised between one end of handle and outer edge, with three trading incisions below it.
Fabric, firing, and surface description
Very slightly granular fabric with occasional elongated and angular light and reddish quartz/sandy inclusions. Fired to ”reddish yellow”, upper surface self-slipped and lighter, lower surface worn though more pale. While perhaps related to LRA2 argolid fabric, this is not identical to that fabric in its most standard presentation.
One sherd preserves 20-25% of disk and 40% of handle. Slight, somewhat extensive abrasion but otherwise in good condition; clean breaks.
“KE 864 (Late Roman-Byzantine Regional Lid with Incised Decoration).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2020. <http://kenchreai.org/ke/ke0864>