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Re: [ANE-2] Re: What archaeologists just may know

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  • Peter T. Daniels
    I think she referred specifically to knowing what exactly a potter does when making a pot. Just as when I wrote A Calligraphic Approach to Aramaic
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 16, 2006
      I think she referred specifically to knowing what exactly a potter does when making a pot.

      Just as when I wrote "A Calligraphic Approach to Aramaic Paleography" (JNES 1984), I found no evidence that anyone who actually knew how to wield a pen had ever studied ancient writing. (I wonder whether Ada Yardeni has read that article.)

      (And "technology" isn't the same as "technique," though several languages don't have separate words for them.)
      Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...

      ----- Original Message ----
      From: Eliot Braun <febraun@...>
      To: Trudy S. Kawami <tkawami@...>; ANE-2 <ANE-2@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 6:05:13 PM
      Subject: [ANE-2] Re: What archaeologists just may know

      Dear Colleagues,
      A colleague wrote to me and suggested my last posting sounded
      petulant, which I guess it was. Sorry for that because I don't wish to
      preach, but I do wish people would make statements that can be backed up
      and that give fair appraisals, especially considering the state of
      research. I suspect Ms Hopkins is not an archaeologist, because she
      doesn't seem to have much acquaintance with the literature. I felt I
      should defend archaeologists (I'm one of them) by indicating that the
      study of pottery has gone far beyond whatever boundaries Bea Hopkins
      believes exist. In fact there has been a virtual revolution in the ANE
      in pottery studies that utilizes many of approaches. The most common are
      concern studies of materials and technologies employed by craftspersons.
      Below is just a tiny sample in a highly select bibliography of the kinds
      of work being done. By the way, NAA is not very popular because it
      requires involvement of nuclear facilities (which make it expensive).
      I also know there are some new provenience studies on the El Amarna
      archive tablets. I'm not sure if they're published, but I think so.
      Possibly in the latest issue of /Tel Aviv/. The names of people who work
      or worked on petrographic studies are: Yuval Goren, Anat
      Cohen-Weinberger, Eyal (I think) Buzaglo. They are just a few
      researchers I can think of offhand.
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