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Paulin Pushimaj


This paper aims to present a general overview of the distribution of Medieval pottery finds (focusing on Spanish ware) in the southern Adriatic region. The focus will be on excavated ceramics from sites on Drishti in relation to published pottery finds from sites across the Adriatic Sea and southern Italy. The excavation in 2015, by the Albanian Archaeological Institute at ancient Drivastum in north-eastern Albania, on the sector A, revealed a pit which included a large assemblage of glass vases and ceramics dated to the 13th and 16th centuries. In this preliminary report a part of imported ceramic finds “Spanish Ware” (with lustre decoration), will be presented and discussed. The group of glazed wares recovered from So. 13 comprises open vessels used for food consumption. The vases are Valencian and were made in the fifteenth century, giving a very thorough picture of the stylistic development of majolica in Spain in its early phases, which had such wide-spread effects throughout Europe. This ceramic has been well identified and dated, on the basis of comparative material from Italy. The name “Maiolica” is probably a corruption of “Majorca”, first given in the 15th c. to the Spanish lusterware imported from Moorish Spain to Italy, through the island of Majorca, or the term may derive from the Spanish name for lusterware “obra de malaga”, i.e, Malaga work. Using ceramic evidence recovered during excavations, this article is intended to contribute to the typo-chronological and sociocultural study of medieval pottery in this medieval city.

Keywords:   Albania, Drisht, castle, pottery glaze, Spanish, Hispano - Moresque shipwrecks, routes. 

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