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Today's photo tour looks at the importance of pottery excavated at this site.
According to our pottery specialist,
This is a fragment of a Nabetean bowl. The Nabateans were
an ancient Arabian group. They lived in the Negev desert and controlled important
trade routes between the Nile and the Persian Gulf.
This is the base of a juglet, called an "oinochoe," imported
This stump of a handle was once part of a Persian Period
This is the rim of a krater, a large bowl used especially for
mixing wine and water. Dating to the Iron Age, this particular piece is of
a type associated with the Philistines. If you look closely, you may be
able to see the distinctive painted spirals.
Preserving the rim and shoulder of an amphora, this sherd is among
the latest found at the site. Petrie suggested that the latest
occupation dated to the first century C.E., to the time of Vespasian,
but here you see one of many sherds datable to the 3rd or 4th
century C.E., showing that the site was in use at a later time than