SV: [ANE-2] Tell el-Mazar question
- Dear Peter,
I don't know the specific pieces you refer to, but in Judah, 8th and 7th century pottery is notoriously difficult to distinguish.'
Thomas L. Thompson
University of Copenhagen
Fra: ANEfirstname.lastname@example.org på vegne af Peter van der Veen
Sendt: on 27-09-2006 12:06
Emne: [ANE-2] Tell el-Mazar question
Is any of you familiar with the archaeology of Tall al-Mazar (Tell el-Mazar) in Jordan, especially so with its Iron Age archaeology? By reading the works of its excavator Khair Yassine I note over and over again that he dates Str. V to the late 8th cent. BC and its destruction to 701 BC (i.e. the Sennacherib destruction). This seems very strange to me.
Some of the pottery shown e.g. in his 'Tell el Mazar, Field 1 Preliminary Report of Area G, H, L and M: the summit', Pl. XII, see in: Yassine, Archaeology of Jordan, 1988 (the same is repeated in the Oxford Enc. of Archaeology in the Near East, 1997), is precisely that known for instance from Iron Age IIC Judahite sites around 600 BC. Note the closed cooking pot No. 2 with single ridge (not multiple ridges as are so common for the pre-701 BC date), and the wide bellied store jar with two handles No. 3 can be found e.g. at City of David 10B, Lachish Str. II, Tel Arad Str. VI etc.
I am puzzled. It almost seems that Khassine's date is out by a century.
If so Str. IV, III and II must be redated to ca. 600-400 BC instead of 700-400 BC as previously suggested.
Thanks in advance,
Peter van der Veen PhD
Postdoctoral studies Joh. Gutenberg University,
Trinity College Bristol