Production centers of cooking pots in Iron Age Judah

David Ben-Shlomo, Liora Bouzaglou, Hans Mommsen, Johannes H. Sterba

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This paper will present and discuss a multifaceted research project dealing with the production of cooking pots during the Iron Age II (ca. 1,000–586 BCE) Judah (modern Israel). In particular the new compositional analysis of 541 cooking vessels from 11 sites in Iron Age Judah will be presented. The study employs petrographic and chemical (NAA) analysis. The results of this ongoing research have already produced interesting information about production centers and movements of cooking pots in Iron Age II Judah. Apparently, the vast majority of the cooking pots sampled were made of a similar type of clay, related to terra rossa soil. This is true also for sites in the northern Negev and Judean Desert, where the type of soil was not available in the region of the sites. Furthermore, many of the cooking pots distributed around Judah were made in Jerusalem according to a well-located chemical profile (JleB). Other groups may represent Judean Shephelah production centers as the Lachish area as well as production centers in southern Israel or ancient Edom. The implications of the importation patterns of cooking pots by peripheral Judean sites will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-104
Number of pages21
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • Iron Age
  • Judah
  • Neutron Activation Analysis
  • cooking pots
  • petrographic analysis


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