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