This article tries to find a transparent way to detect morphological hybridity in the Céramica Gris (greyware) of Early Iron Age Iberia. This type of pottery developed through the influence of local preference for ceramics, but was made with techniques introduced by the Phoenician ‘colonists’. A case study investigates this issue through the greyware assemblage from the site of Cerro Manzanillo in the province of Badajoz, Extremadura. The analysis of this assemblage poses theoretical as well as practical problems. The obscurities around the parameters to classify greyware, together with a general lack of knowledge about the boundaries and meaning of the stylistic evolution of material culture, lead to the conclusion that hybridity is not a good concept to describe greyware. However, the concept of cultural hybridity, together with ceramic studies can be used to define the underlying processes of cultural change that was a result of the Phoenician colonization.
|Translated title of the contribution||Hybridity in times of colonisation: Greyware in the context of the Phoenician colonisation of the Iberian Peninsula|
|Place of Publication||Groningen|
|Publisher||Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|