Book: Transitions, Urbanism, and Collapse in the Bronze Age
Chapter: 18. Storage Jars and Storerooms in Palace G at Ebla (EBIV A): The Foodstuffs of the Last Days of Life of an Early Syrian Capital
The rich inventory of materials, vessels, and botanic residuals found in the destruction level of Palace G at Ebla, in Syria, gives evidence of the storage organization and the wealth of food of an Early Syrian capital around 2400 B.C.E. While the texts offer a detailed picture of the management of the victuals accumulated by the administration over many years, archaeology supplies instead partial but tangible evidence from the last days of the life of the palace and its food reserves. This evidence illustrates the impressive size of the alimentary resources at the disposal of the court and the officers.