Not so coarse, nor always plain - the earliest pottery of Syria

Nieuwenhuyse, Olivier P.; Akkermans, Peter M. M. G.; van der Plicht, Johannes
March 2010
Antiquity;Mar2010, Vol. 84 Issue 323, p71
Academic Journal
The site of Tell Sabi Abyad in Syria offers a superb stratified sequence passing from the aceramic (pre-pottery) to pottery-using Neolithic around 7000 BC. Surprisingly the first pottery arrives fully developed with mineral tempering, burnishing and stripey decoration in painted slip. The expected, more experimental-looking, plant-tempered coarse wares shaped by baskets arrive about 300years later. Did the first ceramic impetus come from elsewhere?


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