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Consuming Passions: A Contextual Study of the Local Consumption of Mycenaean Pottery at Tell el-Ajjul

Issue: Vol 15 No. 1 (2002) June 2002

Journal: Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology

Subject Areas: Ancient History Archaeology

DOI: 10.1558/jmea.v15i1.25


This paper re-examines the little known corpus of Mycenaean imports to Tell el-Ajjul. Specifically, it evaluates the evidence for the incorporation of this imported pottery
within everyday life and death at the site, in order to assess the extent to which it impacted on local culture. While Mycenaean imports denote privileged access to the luxury commodities of Mediterranean trade in the later second millennium BC, the main axis of external contacts in the Gaza region is constructed within the context of the Egyptian New Kingdom state. Localised patterns of trade, especially with Cyprus and the Jordan valley, are more apparent in the context of the southern limits of the Levant. Egypt, however, was the major cultural referent in the construction of local identities. This is reflected in the range of Mycenaean pottery found at Ajjul which largely parallels that found in Egypt.

Author: Louise Steel

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