The potteries in Marginea

The peculiar black “Marginea” pottery is believed to have originated back in the pre-Roman period, which makes it at least 2000 years old.
The black color is the result of incomplete burning. The pots and plates are placed in conical pits up to 5 ft. (1.5 m) deep, connected to the fire-pits through narrow tunnels. Once the pottery is burning hot and reddish, the tunnels are sealed, so that the burning process continues in the absence of oxygen, which causes the pottery to attain its typical dark gray or black color.

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