By Sergey Solovyov
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Conversely, with their ﬁne orange clay and slimmer profile, Zeest’s ‘tumbler-bottomed’ amphorae, alias Clinkenbeard’s ‘fractional red’, form a class of its own; their distinct chemical pattern points to a different clay source: possibly outside the island, somewhere in Mytilene’s opposite peraia, but not necessarily, because this class is attested in Mytilene itself, though (seemingly) scarcely. Other locations on the opposite Aeolis, whether in the Cymaean area or in Phocaea (Özyigit 1994), seem so far to exclude, though these amphorae seem well attested throughout the region.
Syracuse seems to have been the most efﬁcient city in establishing such control, as the foundation of sub-colonies on the borders of the territory subject to its control indicates. However, such a policy does not seem to have been pursued widely elsewhere on the island and other cities may have used different tactics. In addition to the trade existing between native centres and Greek cities, undeniable from an archaeological point of view, we may think of the presence of Greeks in the native centres.
But this view has been contested; perhaps Levantines established the town, with or without a Greek contingent (Descoeudres 2002; Luke 2003; Niemeyer 2004, 38–44). Anyone wishing to understand the meaning of Al Mina faces many problems. The excavation was conducted in the grand manner of yesteryear: a large area dug quickly by a large workforce, with few supervisors, by an archaeologist eager to reach the Bronze Age. Bronze Age levels were not to be found; Iron Age, the Persian period, and Medieval were the only periods represented.
Archaic Greek culture : history, archaeology, art and museology : proceedings of the international Round-Table conference, June 2005, St-Petersburg, Russia by Sergey Solovyov