Ceramic Typologies

Appendix I: Typological Schemes Based on Ceramics

Kaiser’s Seriation

Taken from Bard 1994, 2001 (p.44).

Kaiser Classification of the Predynastic

(1956, 1957)

Ceramic Types

Sequence Dates

(Kaiser’s modification of Petrie’s typology)

 

NIa

B-class  >70% of all pottery in graves of this period

P-class 25%

C-class <5%

SD 30 - 38

NIb

NIc

 

NIIa

C-class disappears

R-class first appears

B-class drops from 60% to 10%

 

R-class > from 25% to 55%

SD 38/40 – 45

NIIb

L-class first appears

D-class first appears

NIIc

W-class first appears

SD 40/45 – 63

NIId1

B-class drops to 5%

R-class at 50%

B-class ends in IId2

NIId2

 

 

NIIIa1

Great > in L-class to 70%

Decrease in R-class to < 20%

SD 63 - 80

NIIIa2

NIIIb

Predominantly L-class

W-class degenerates into cylindrical jars

 

 

Petrie’s Sequence Dates

See  http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/pottery/seqdates.html

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Comparison of Chronological Schemes (Hendrickx, Kaiser and Wilkinson)

Exact copy of table from Wilkinson 1996, p.12

Wilkinson Table