The Iron Age ii “Spoon Stoppers/Censers” Production in the Amuq: An Example from Chatal Höyük

in Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology

This article deals with a specific class of materials, commonly called censers. Their retrieval in large numbers at the site of Chatal Höyük, and especially the discovery of two unfinished ones, sheds new light on the production area in the Amuq. Moreover, their archaeological distribution at the site and their stratigraphic assignment provide scholars with crucial information concerning their function and dating. Craft production models will be employed to identify the workshops and their commercial range, while stylistic analysis of the Chatal ones suggests specific elements related to the local production. The analysis clearly demonstrates on the one hand that Chatal Höyük hosted one or more workshops specializing in the production of artifacts made of local stone, while on the other they were used mainly in domestic contexts, and belong to the usual household inventory.

Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology

A Festschrift in Honor of K. Aslıhan Yener



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