We happily inform you on an intensive survey at Çandarlı (ancient Pitane) where in 1911 Siegfried Loeschcke (Athenische-Mitteilungen 1912__p0360-0423) discovered evidence of what turned out to be the very first archaeologically attested production centre of terra sigillata in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Pitane Survey (2019-2020) is part of the larger regional TransPergMikro project (https://www.dainst.blog/transpergmikro/about-the-project/), which is funded by the German Science Foundation and directed by the Istanbul branch of the German Archaeological Institute, the Free University in Berlin, the Technical University in Berlin, the Celal Bayar University in Manisa, and the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel.
The aims of the Pitane Survey are to (1) document in detail the typological and macroscopic fabric repertoire of the local manufacture, which comprises Eastern Sigillata C and Late Roman C, supported by archaeometrical analyses; (2) reconstruct (parts of) the chaîne opératoire by studying, for example, vessel wasters as well as artefacts used in manufacture and firing; and (3) better understand the socio-economic context in which the pottery manufacture was organised by looking at non-manufacture related artefacts, landscape and the distribution of ESC and LRC vessels that were manufactured at Pitane. For 2021 our purpose is to complete aims 1 and 2 and prepare data and observations for final publication which is scheduled for (early) 2022.
Please take a look at our two contributions on the TransPergMikro blog for more details: