Ware/Ware Family: Southern Levantine Late Bronze Age Egyptianized Wares

Name, Origin, Date

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Southern Levantine Lat...

Israel-Palestinian Aut...

c. 1400-1200 BCE

Late Bronze Age II, La...

General Information

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Locally produced versions of certain forms of Egyptian pottery are a phenomenon of the Late Bronze Age in the southern Levant, when portions of this region were under the control of New Kingdom Egypt in those years. Vessels forms include small and large bowls, both straight-sided and round-walled, slender ovoid and globular jars, and versions of the typical Egyptian "beer jar."  Much of this Egyptianized pottery bears a faint, grayish white self-slip, which, because of the underlying reddish fabric, often appears pinkish white (e.g., 5YR 8/2). Potters not only copied the shapes of Egyptian vessels, but also apparently tried to emulate the mode of clay preparation. These Egyptianized vessels are characterized by a large amount of organi...

Vessels  122

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Jar
Tel Mor
1200 BCE
Late Bronze Age II


Bowl
Ashkelon
1300-1200 BCE
Late Bronze Age III


Jar
Tel Mor
1350-1300 BCE
Late Bronze Age II


Jar
Tel Mor
1350-1300 BCE
Late Bronze Age II

Break Photos  0

Petrographic Samples  0

Description

The clay is generally silty and mineral inclusions are not abundant throughout the matrix. In general the fabric’s color ranges from red (2.5YR 5/6) to yellowish red (5YR 5/6) to strong brown (7.5YR 5/6). The organic temper consists of chopped straw, which, when completely burnt out, leaves elongated voids in the fabric and on the surface of the vessel.

Earlier/Alternative Names

Site Distribution

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Aphek (Israel/Central Coastal Plain)

Beth She'an, Hamadya Farmland (Israel/Beth She'an Valley)

Associated Petrofabrics

Associated Kilns/Workshops

Bibliography

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  1. Tristan J. Barako and Mario A.S. Martin. "Moshe Dothan Excavations, 1959–1960, Egyptian and Egyptianized Pottery" IAA Reports 32 (2007), 129-165

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