Shelley Stone

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Shelley Stone is Professor of Art History at California State University, Bakersfield. He has been of a member of the staff at Morgantina in Sicily since 1977, and  has published on Greek and Roman pottery, Roman costume and sculpture, and on Sicilian history. He is currently working on the publication of the Hellenistic and Roman plain  pottery and the lamps found at Morgantina. Shelley Stone is married, and has two children.

His volume Morgantina Studies VI: the Hellenistic and  Roman Fine Pottery is in press (to appear in 2013).

Excavated since 1955, Morgantina has revealed an extraordinary range of pottery, both local and imported.  Morgantina Studies VI presents the pottery bearing gloss and other decoration categorized as fine wares dating from the second half of the fourth century BC until the city’s abandonment just before the middle of the first century CE.

The history of the city allows consideration of the ceramics in this age to be divided into three periods.  During the late fourth and the third centuries BC Morgantina was closely tied to the Hellenistic eastern Mediterranean through Syracuse. It then was sacked by the Romans in 211 BC.  Although much smaller than its third century acme, it remained an important urban site in the second and first centuries BC, ending around 35 BC in another disaster. During this period Morgantina was part of a Roman province and its material culture shows close relations with the Italian mainland. Both these periods  provide an extraordinary number of well-dated fills of ceramics.  In its final period of habitation  Morgantina was a small village that was abandoned during the reign of the Emperor Claudius, but again provides evidence for the ceramic assemblage in central Sicily during the Augustan and Julio-Claudian periods.  Because of the large amount of pottery found by the exacvations consideration is limited in this volume primarily to wares found in dated fills.

The monograph begins with an introductory chapter that traces the history of the site, presents the relevent fills of pottery, and defines terms used in the catalog of wares. It also defines the major fabrics of vases found at Morgantina. The following five chapters divide the wares into types of ceramics, examined  according to  decoration on the vases, covering successsively vases bearing gloss, vases with relief ornament and thin-walled vases. Appendices provide the evidence for pottery production at Morgantina  between the fourth century BC and the early first century CE, and scientific analysis of selected vases in the catalog by x-ray flouresence in  order to define and test their fabrics.

Inv. no. 57-960, Red figure fish plate

Dr.  Stone is currently working on the publication of the utilitarian and cooking wares found at Morgantina, as well as the terracotta lamps. He is also undertaking publication of the small amount of Italian red figure pottery found at the site.

Other selected publications:

Sextus Pompeius, Octavianus and Sicily,” (revised edition), in A. Powell and K. Welch (eds.), Sextus Pompeius ( Blackwells/University of Wales Press, 2002) 135-165.

Entries on Sicily, Palermo and Segesta for N.T. de Grummond (ed)   The Dictionary of the History of Classical Archaeology  (Greenwood  Press, 1996).

“Presigillata from Morgantina,” American Journal of Archaeology  91 (1987) 85-103.

Contact Information:

Department of Art, 1816 Camino Primavera; California State University, Bakersfield

9001 Stockdale Highway

Bakersfield, California 93311-1099

(661) 654-6029                        SSTONE@CSUB.EDU