Article on Philistine cooking pots has appeared in AJA

At long last, as mentioned before, the article by David Ben-Shlomo, Itzhaq Shai, Alex Zukerman and yours truly on Philistine cooking pots has appeared in the newest issue of the American Journal of Archaeology (aka AJA).

This is what we wrote about the article in the abstract of the study:
This study presents an analysis of various aspects relating to the changes in cooking vessels during the Iron Age in Philistia and the southern Levant, with particular emphasis on the morphology, manufacturing technology, and regional distribution of cooking jugs. We have combined archaeological data and petrographic analyses to evaluate the technological aspects of these vessels. It is argued that cooking jugs, while first appearing in Philistia, subsequently spread to other regions and cultures. The relationship of this process of dissemination to other factors, such as economic and social changes in the southern Levant, is discussed, and it is argued that the possible incorporation of Philistine cooking practices into the neighboring Iron Age cultures may have implications for understanding the multifaceted, if at times ambiguous, relationships between the Philistines and their neighbors.

It can be noted that several interesting points came from this study:
1) That the Aegean-style Philistine cooking jug (or rather, its development) continues to be used in Philistia throughout large portions of the Iron Age (not only during the Iron Age I as originally assumed).
2) This style of cooking was, to a certain extent, adopted in the neighboring cultures, such as the Judeans, Israeliens and the Phoenicians.
3) This is an example of the Philistine influence on these neighboring cultures, as opposed to the usual focus of the influence of the neigbhoring cultures on the Philistines.

If you have a digital subscription to the journal, you can download a pdf version of the article, if not, you will have to wait until the paper version reaches your nearest library.


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