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Early Bronze Age painted wares from Tell el-’Abd, Syria: A compositional and technological study

Russo, G; Amicone, S; Berthold, C; Siddall, R; Sconzo, P; (2018) Early Bronze Age painted wares from Tell el-’Abd, Syria: A compositional and technological study. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports , 21 pp. 359-366. 10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.08.005. Green open access

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Abstract

The ‘Euphrates Monochrome Painted Ware’ (henceforth EMPW) is a ceramic style attested in the Middle Euphrates region in northern Syria at the beginning of the Early Bronze Age, ca. 2900–2700 BCE. This style is not an isolated phenomenon; rather, it must be understood in the context of a general, albeit short-lived, re-introduction of painted ceramics into local assemblages of Greater Mesopotamia. In the present study, we investigate the technology and provenance of the painted pottery from Tell el-'Abd (North Syria) and its relation to contemporary ceramics retrieved at this site. We apply a combination of macroscopic observations, ceramic petrography, and micro X-ray diffraction (μ-XRD2) in order to reconstruct the manufacturing process and to define the mineralogical and chemical composition of the sherds as well as of the pigments used for the painted decoration. The results of these analyses are then compared to the local geology in order to identify possible raw material sources. Based on the evidence, we provide the first interpretation of the provenance and technology of the Euphrates Monochrome Painted as well as unpainted ceramics of the assemblage

Type: Article
Title: Early Bronze Age painted wares from Tell el-’Abd, Syria: A compositional and technological study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.08.005
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.08.005
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Early Bronze Age
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086569
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