Echoes from the past in a colonial encounter? The ceramic evidence of the upper middle Tigris region from the fourth-second century BC
Köhler, Johannes Akihito
Traditionally, unique and novel ceramic shapes, often connected to ‘fine wares’, have found their way into publications, while more common or traditional shapes are overlooked. This has skewed the publication process, wherein only material comparable with these early publications was regarded worth recording and publishing. In terms of ceramics, the association of the Seleucid period with novelty over continuity leaves this period as an enigma in the longue durée history of West Asia. On the interpretative scale, one is left with containers used to present, serve and consume food, but rarely with vessels used to store and prepare what was being served. The quality, quantity and uniformity of material related to this new production horizon is of such ubiquity, its introduction not embedded within a local framework of production and consumption seems unlikely. Integrating ceramic evidence of rural sites into a sequence of preceding material allows a more contextualised understanding of influence, Seleucid political rule over Northern Iraq may have had on a quotidian level.
EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Johannes Akihito Köhler, "Echoes from the past in a colonial encounter? The ceramic evidence of the upper middle Tigris region from the fourth-second century BC", in: Katia Gavagnin, Rocco Palermo (Edited by), "Imperial Connections. Interactions and Expansion from Assyria to the Roman Period. Volume 2. Proceedings of the 5th “Broadening Horizons” Conference (Udine 5-8 June 2017)", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2020, pp. 317-334