Mortaria as a foreign element in the material culture of the Southern Levant during the 8th-7th centuries BCE

Alexander Zukerman, David Ben-Shlomo

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Abstract

The article examines an Iron Age II B-C ceramic form, the mortarium bowl, which is usually acknowledged as an imported type, but is not yet fully integrated into the study of east Mediterranean trade during this period. Several mortaria are examined by Thin Section Petrographic Analysis, and the previous studies of Iron Age II and Persian period mortaria are reviewed in light of its results. It is argued that Cyprus was the main production centre of mortaria imported to the southern Levant and discusses the significance of these vessels within the framework of late Iron Age eastern Mediterranean international trade.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-105
Number of pages19
JournalPalestine Exploration Quarterly
Volume143
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Cyprus
  • Eastern mediterranean trade
  • Iron age ceramics
  • Mortaria
  • Southern Levant
  • Thin section petrographic analysis

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