The origins of Late Philistine Decorated Ware: A note

Aren M. Maeir, Itzhaq Shai

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A decade ago, the authors, along with D. Ben-Shlomo, defined Late Philistine Decorated Ware (LPDW, formerly Ashdod Ware) as typical of Iron IIA Philistia and discussed its origins and distribution. We suggested that the decorative syntax of this unique group could be traced to Iron I decorated Philistine pottery. This assertion was recently challenged by Faust, who suggested that its origins should be traced to Phoenician influence. Two LPDW sherds from Tell es-Safi/Gath that are decorated with the iconic Iron I Philistine bird design support our initial concept that the roots of the LPDW are in Iron I Philistia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
JournalTel Aviv
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • Iron I
  • Iron IIA
  • LPDW
  • Philistia
  • Philistine bird motif


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