Excavations at Tall Jawa, Jordan

Volume 3: The Iron Age Pottery


In Excavations at Tall Jawa, Jordan: Volume 3, the Iron Age Pottery, Michèle Daviau presents a detailed typology of the Iron Age pottery excavated from 1989–1995. She looks beyond the formal changes to an in-depth analysis of the forming techniques employed to make each type of vessel from bowls to colanders, cooking pots to pithoi. The changes in fabric composition from Iron I to Iron II were more significant than those from Iron IIB to IIC, although changes in surface treatment, especially slip color, were noticeable. Petrographic analysis of Iron I pottery by Klassen contributes to our growing corpus of fabric types, while Epler documents typical Ammonite painted patterns and Kirby and Kraft present a typology of potters’ marks.

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Note biographique

P. M. Michèle Daviau, Ph.D. (1990), University of Toronto, is Professor Emerita at Wilfrid Laurier University. She published four final report volumes on the material culture of the Ammonite site of Tall Jawa and one volume on Wayside Shrine WT-13.

Table of contents

Preface List of Tables and Charts List of Figures

Part 1 Overview

1 The Site and Its Ceramic Corpus
2 Functional Classes, Formal Types and Their Forming Techniques

Part 2 The Ceramic Corpus

3 Ceramic Remains from Iron Age I (Stratum X)
4 The Iron Age II Pottery from Strata IX–VIII
5 The Late Iron Age II Pottery from Stratum VII

Part 3 Technology and Ceramic Production

6 Petrographic Analysis of Iron I PotteryStanley Klassen
7 Surface Treatment and Decorative TraditionsPeter Epler and P. M. Michèle Daviau
8 Potters’ Marks and Incised SignsElaine Kirby † and Marianne Kraft
9 Ceramic Objects and Miscellaneous Items
10 Producers and Owners: Some Aspects of Their Crafts
11 Chronology and Its Problems in Iron Age Transjordan
Bibliography Index of Subjects Index of Place Names Index of Geographical Names


Of interest to archaeologists, cultural historians, potters and students of ceramic technology working in the Levant, especially in Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

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