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Zagros Spice Mills: the Simurrean and the Hašimur grindstones

Radner, K; (2014) Zagros Spice Mills: the Simurrean and the Hašimur grindstones. In: Greco, A and Gaspa, S and Morandi Bonacossi, D and Ponchia, S and Rollinger, R, (eds.) From Source to History: Studies on Ancient Near Eastern Worlds and Beyond Dedicated to Giovanni Battista Lanfranchi. (573 - 580). Ugarit-Verlag: Münster, Germany.

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Abstract

Gianni Lanfranchi’s research has often focused on the mountain regions encircling the Mesopotamian plain, their inhabitants and their lifestyles. In my contribution in honour of this pioneer in the study of Ancient Near Eastern highland‒lowland interactions, it is argued that the evidence for the hašimur grindstone in Babylonian sources of the first millennium BC should be linked with the Simurrean grindstone of the Old Babylonian period and that this type of equipment is to be identified as a specialised spice mill. Both Hašimur and Simurrum are located in the Zagros flanks and the connection of these toponyms with a tool used to add flavour to the Mesopotamian cuisine provides some insight into positive perceptions associated with the mountain regions.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Zagros Spice Mills: the Simurrean and the Hašimur grindstones
ISBN-13: 9783868351019
Publisher version: https://ugarit-verlag.com/publikation.html?id=407
Language: English
Keywords: Ancient Near East, Food history, Zagros mountains, cuneiform texts, cooking
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1455001
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