Bronze Age Pottery Chronology

Mainland Greece (Helladic)

Main Division Subdivision Pottery Styles
Early Helladic
  c. 3000-2200 BCE
EHI
   c. 3000-2500 BCE
simple monochrome pottery
EHII
   c. 2500-2200 BCE
"sauceboat" shapes

EHIII
   c. 2200-2000 BCE

patterned ware

Middle Helladic
c. 2000-1550 BCE

MH
   c. 2000-1550 BCE

Minyan Ware
Matt-Painted Ware

Late Helladic (Mycenaean)
   c. 1550-1100 BCE

LHI
   c. 1550-1500 BCE

CU Art Museum #2006.17.T
LHII
   c. 1500-1400 BCE

Palace Style
CU Art Museum #2006.22.T

LHIIIA
   c. 1400-1300 BCE

sparsely decorated pottery
CU Art Museum #2006.24.T

LHIIIB
   c. 1300-1200 BCE

Pictorial Style
LHIIIC
   c. 1200-1100 BCE

Close Style
Granary Style
Octopus Style
Pictorial Style

Crete (Minoan)

Main Division Subdivision Pottery Styles
Early Minoan
   c. 3000-2000
EMI
   c. 3000-2500
Aghios Onouphrios Ware
incised ware

EMII
   c. 2500-2200

Vasilike Ware
EMIII
   c. 2200-2000
light-on-dark pottery
Middle Minoan
   c. 2000-1550
MMI
   c. 2000-1900
Kamares Ware
Eggshell Ware
MMII
   c. 1900-1700
Kamares Ware
Eggshell Ware
MMIII
   c. 1700-1550
light-on-dark pottery
Late Minoan
   c. 1550-1100
LMIA
   c. 1550-1500

Floral Style
Pattern Style
dark-on-light pottery

LMIB
   c. 1500-1450

Marine Style
Floral Style
Pattern Style

LMII
   c. 1450-1400

Palace Style

LMIIIA
   c. 1400-1300

patterned wares with animal motifs

LMIIIB
   c. 1300-1200

 

LMIIIC
   c. 1200-1100

Pictorial Style

Cyclades Islands (Cycladic)

Main Division Subdivision Pottery Styles
Early Cycladic
  c. 3000-2200 BCE
ECI
   c. 3000-2500 BCE

pottery with incised herringbone designs
CU Art Museum #2006.38ab.T

ECII
   c. 2500-2200 BCE

"Frying Pans"
pottery in imitation of stone
zoomorphic shapes
linear patterns painted with glossy black

ECIII
   c. 2200-2000 BCE

matt black painted pottery

Middle Cycladic
   c. 2000-1550 BCE

MCI
   c. 2000-1850 BCE

 

MCII
   c. 1850-1700 BCE

matt-painted dark-on-light pottery
spiral designs on pottery

MCIII
   c. 1700-1550 BCE

naturalistic motifs on pottery

Late Cycladic
   c. 1550-1100 BCE

LC
   c. 1550-1100 BCE

pottery styles influenced by Crete

For more information on Bronze Age pottery from the Greek Mainland, click here. To read more about Minoan pottery, click here. On Cycladic pottery, click here.

Information on these tables is taken from John G. Pedley, Greek Art and Archaeology (Upper Saddle River NJ: Prentice Hall 1993): 26-103; Reynold Higgins, Minoan and Mycenaean Art (New York: Oxford University Press 1981).

For further reading, please see Jeremy B. Rutter, Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean http://projectsx.dartmouth.edu/history/bronze_age/index.html (18 March 2000).

Information compiled by Summer Trentin