Pass the Wine: Drinking Cups at Early Bronze iii Tarsus

in Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology
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The prehistoric mound of Tarsus-Gözlükule provides stratified remains for the northeastern Mediterranean, and especially for the Bronze Age. The ceramic repertoire of the site, excavated in the early 20th-century, has been widely used as a chronological hinge supporting many dating equations running east–west as well as north–south. Two-handled drinking cups can be singled out as a hallmark of the last quarter of the third millennium, or the eba iii period in Anatolian terminology. The interdisciplinary project initiated by Boğaziçi University in cooperation with Bryn Mawr College has begun to reinvestigate the bulk of the Goldman period study collection with the aim of integrating unpublished material into current academic discourse and re-evaluating published artifacts in the light of new insights in the field. This paper presents a new frequency chart of two-handled drinking cups from the eba iii level of the Tarsian settlement and discusses aspects regarding their distribution and use.

Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology

A Festschrift in Honor of K. Aslıhan Yener


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