Palace Ware Across the Neo-Assyrian Imperial Landscape

Social Value and Semiotic Meaning


In Palace Ware Across the Neo-Assyrian Imperial Landscape, Alice Hunt investigates the social and symbolic meaning of Palace Ware by its cultural audience in the Neo-Assyrian central and annexed provinces, and the unincorporated territories, including buffer zones and vassal states. Traditionally, Palace Ware has been equated with imperial identity. By understanding these vessels as a vehicle through which interregional and intercultural relationships were negotiated and maintained she reveals their complexity gaining a more nuanced view of imperial dynamics.

Palace Ware Across the Neo-Assyrian Imperial Landscape is the first work of its kind; providing in-depth analysis of the formal and fabric characteristic, production technology, and raw material provenance of Palace Ware, and locating these data within the larger narratives of power, presentation, symbol and meaning that shaped the Neo-Assyrian imperial landscape.

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Alice M.W. Hunt, Ph.D. (2012), in Archaeological Materials Analysis, UCL Institute of Archaeology, is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Applied Isotope Studies, University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the intricate relationships among material culture and social identity.
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Chapter 1 The Palace Ware Problem
Chapter 2 Power & Prestige: the Neo-Assyrian imperial landscape
Chapter 3 Palace Ware from the Central Provinces: Nimrud, Nineveh & Aššur
Chapter 4 Palace Ware from the Annexed Provinces: Dur-Katlimmu & Guzana
Chapter 5 Palace Ware in the Unincorporated Territories
Chapter 6 Conspicuous Consumption: social function & semiotic meaning of Palace Ware
Chapter 7 Concluding Remarks
Appendix A: Palace Ware Petrographic Thin-section Descriptions
Appendix B: Palace Ware INAA Bulk Chemical Data
All interested in Neo-Assyrian imperial administration and interregional relationships, including Assyriologists, historians and archaeologists.
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