The Messapians are mainly documented in Greek sources and through their material culture. Despite hundreds of inscriptions discovered in the region of Apulia and their use of the Greek alphabet, their language has yet to be deciphered. Their pottery is chiefly decorated with geometric shapes with occasional figurative elements of Greek influence. The trozella is the most emblematic form of Messapian pottery. This type of vessel is characterized by two high handles adorned with a round disc at their top and base.