Stone Vessels

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Abstract

In the Early Levant and Mesopotamia, stone vessels functioned at different levels of ancient societies. Key areas - Egypt, Crete, the Gulf, Iran and Southern Mesopotamia -produced distinctive shapes with characteristic stones, using manufacturing techniques that differed across the region. Using the ARCANE Regional and chronological framework, key shapes, stone types, and the movement of stone vessels are outlined. With emphasis on exchange mechanisms in the Levant, it is demonstrated that stone vessels purposed beyond the strictly utilitarian were a prestige item, coveted and acquired by elites for religious, political or funerary display, and as a means of projecting state ideologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociated Regional Chronologies for the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean
Subtitle of host publicationARCANE Interregional Vol. II: Artefacts
EditorsMarc Lebeau
Place of PublicationTurnhout
PublisherBrepols
Pages245-276
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)9782503549880
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event5th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East - University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 Apr 20068 Apr 2006
Conference number: 11
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NameAssociated Regional Chronologies for the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean
PublisherBrepols

Conference

Conference5th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
Abbreviated titleICAANE
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period3/04/068/04/06
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Keywords

  • Levant
  • Material culture--Egypt
  • Stone Artefacts
  • Stone vessels
  • Egypt--Old Kingdom

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    Sowada, K. (2018). Stone Vessels. In M. Lebeau (Ed.), Associated Regional Chronologies for the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean: ARCANE Interregional Vol. II: Artefacts (pp. 245-276). (Associated Regional Chronologies for the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean). Turnhout: Brepols.