The paper deals primarily with problems, not with facts. The main interest is a discussion of questions to be faced if we attempt to get reliable answers about classification and dating of the Medieval pottery produced in Cyprus. After a brief look at the development of research on this class of pottery, the paper concentrates on three main topics. First: the problem of local workshops, second: their stratigraphy and chronology, third: Cypriot glazed pottery in the East Mediterranean context.
The results published so far ask obviously for a critical review of the present state of research with regard to the limits imposed by the evidence. The paper tries to differentiate reliable results based on conclusive stratigraphical and comparative evidence from hypotheses of a more speculative character. A critical interpretation of the evidence from the earth serves to define more precisely the problems of future research. It is a long established fact that the development of the Cypriot ceramic production reflects general developments in the Near Eastern and Western Asian region into which Byzantine and Frankish Cyprus was closely integrated. Although the impact of Eastern traditions on the Cypriot manufacture is obvious, the way in which they operated yet needs further critical analysis.