This book surveys four thousand years of pottery production and presents totally unexpected fresh information, using technical and analytical methods. It provides a study of ancient pottery of Jerusalem, from the earliest settlement to the medieval city and brings to light important aspects that cannot be discovered by the commonly accepted morphological pottery descriptions. New insights include the discovery that third millennium BCE pottery appears to have been produced by nomadic families, middle Bronze Age ceramics were made by professional potters in the Wadi Refaim, the pottery market of the Iron Age II pottery cannot be closely dated and is still produced during the first centuries after the exile, and the new shapes are made by Greek immigrant potters. The book contains a chapter on the systematics of ceramic studies and numerous notes about the potters themselves.
H. J. Franken, who died in 2005, was Emeritus Professor at the State University Leiden, The Netherlands, and the author of Excavations at Tell Deir 'Alla: The Late Bronze Sanctuary (Louvain, 1992) and of numerous articles on Near Eastern archaeology.
Preface Introduction 1. Theory and Practice of Ceramic Studies in Archaeology 2. Pottery from the Early Bronze Age 3. Pottery from the Middle Bronze Age 4. Pottery from the 12th Century BCE 5. Pottery from the 10th Century BCE 6. A Survey of the Pottery Production in the Iron Age 7. Pottery from Square A XVIII, 6th - 5th Centuries BCE 8. Post-exillic Pottery from the Other Ancient Dumps 9. Imported Slip-glazed and Plain Pottery from Greece 10. The Later (Roman) Dump Pottery 11. Pottery from the Byzantine Period 12. In Search of the Jerusalem Potters Appendix: The Stratigraphy of the Upper Layers in Area A Dr Margreet Steiner