The “Hill Country of the Amorites:” Middle Bronze Cooking Pots and Cultural Identity

The Middle Bronze Age is widely considered to be a high point in the development and quality of pottery forms. These ceramic vessels juxtapose strongly with the crude cooking pot most characteristic of the early part of the period. This paper examines the distribution, mode(s) of production, and development of the “straight-walled, flat bottomed” (SWFB) cooking pot throughout the Southern Levant. Its origin, function, and disappearance are also analyzed in order to shed light on its cultural significance. The archaeological data is compared to the biblical text and other factors to assess the possibility of a distinctive cultural marker indicative of the foodways of an Amorite group in the central hill country.

5 thoughts on “The “Hill Country of the Amorites:” Middle Bronze Cooking Pots and Cultural Identity”

  1. Bronson
    See my comments on Hesler’s paper. This paper seems to me to more explicitly attempt a connection with the Bible. I would like to hear it, though I’m slightly nervous about the possibility of simplistic connections between pots and people.

  2. Bronson
    Steve Ortiz’s program is generating a lot of papers. They need a section dedicated to archaeology at ETS that provides a better fit for the kind of work that they do than is presently available for them in the current archaeology section.


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