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