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Squitieri, Andrea (2014): Stone Bar-handled Bowls: Characteristics and Values. In: Belinski, Piotr; Gawlikowski, Michal; Kolinski, Rafal; Laweka, Dorota; Soltysiak, Arkadiusz and Wygnanska, Zuzanna (eds.) : Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East 30 April - 4 May 2012, University of Warsaw. Vol. 1: Plenary Sessions, Township and Villages, High and Low - The Minor Arts for the Elite and for the Populace. Wiesbaden: Harrassowiz Verlag. pp. 681-692 [PDF, 162kB]


Stone bar-handled bowls are refined bowls displaying a characteristic bar-handle under the rim. They are typical of the Iron Age stone vessels assemblage, and were considerably widespread during Iron Age II and III throughout the Levant and Mesopotamia. In some archaeological reports, they are considered as possible witnesses of the process of Assyrianisation in the Levant, even though the basis for such a hypothesis remains unclear. Other questions concerning their origin, their relation with pottery, and the reasons for their spread have so far been left unanswered.This paper aims at filling these gaps trying to ultimately define the social value of this peculiar class of stone bowls

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