Amit Dagan – one of the core members of the staff at Tell Burna, has just published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Tel Aviv, discussing the appearance of what are generally termed “Negebite” vessels (he prefers the term HMV – Hand Made Vessels) outside the Negev and what that mans as far as there function and meaning. Below is an abstract of the article.
Negebite Pottery beyond the Negev
Bar Ilan University
A salvage excavation conducted at the site of orvat Shimon in the
western Sephelah uncovered a rural site dating to the 8th century BCE.
The excavation revealed a unique mudbrick structure that contained a
rich pottery assemblage with typical wheel-made pottery alongside a
large quantity of handmade vessels similar to ‘Negebite vessels’. The
discovery of this assemblage of handmade vessels calls into question
existing interpretations of the importance of this family. The paper
suggests that the ‘Negebite vessels’ were not a regional phenomenon,
but rather a functional product of rural life.
Keywords Handmade vessels, Negebite pottery, Shephelah, 8th century BCE