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date: 17 January 2019

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This chapter discusses the role ceramics play in addressing archaeological questions related to early Christianity. Ceramic artifacts, such as fine wares and amphorae, have typically been used to provide chronological markers for dating, or to provide evidence related to economic activities such as trade and exchange. Religious decorations on fine wares and stamps on amphora also provide insight into the presence and spread of Christianity even if there remain significant problems in connecting these decorations with religious identity. Previously neglected ceramic artifacts, such as roof tiles, ampullae, and decorative covers, offer new possibilities for untapped evidence related to the nature of the Christian religion in the Roman world.

Keywords: ceramics, African red slip, Phocaean red slip, Cypriot red slip, amphora, ampullae, roof tile

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