Early Bronze Age Pottery Covered with Lime-Plaster: Technological Observations

Adi Eliyahu-Behar, Itzhaq Shai, Lior Regev, David Ben-Shlomo, Shira Albaz, Aren M. Maeir, Haskel J. Greenfield

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With the emergence of urban culture in the southern Levant in the Early Bronze Age, new types of pottery and ceramic techniques appeared, among them pottery (usually combed) coated with a white material. A selection of sherds from Early Bronze strata was studied in an attempt to analyze this material. Using microscopy and various other methods, the authors were able to determine that the white material was a lime-plaster applied to the vessels after firing. The paper contends that the most likely reason for applying the lime-plaster was functional—to decrease permeability and protect the contents of the vessels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-42
Number of pages16
JournalTel Aviv
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2016

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  • Coated vessels
  • Early Bronze Age
  • Lime-plastered vessels


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