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H 290 x W 205 mm

108 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published May 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784918538

Digital: 9781784918545

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Near East; archaeology; material culture; archaeological theory; composite materials

Archaeopress Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology 3

Composite Artefacts in the Ancient Near East

Exhibiting an imaginative materiality, showing a genealogical nature

Edited by Silvana Di Paolo

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This volume represents a first attempt to conceptualise the construction and use of composite artefacts in the Ancient Near East by looking at the complex relationships between environments, materials, societies and materiality.



Silvana Di Paolo – Introduction: New Lines of Enquiry for Composite Artefacts? ;

Section 1. The Planning: Materiality and Imagination ;
Silvana Di Paolo – From Hidden to Visible. Degrees of Mental and Material Construction of an ‘Integrated Whole’ in the Ancient Near East ;
Alessandro Di Ludovico – A Composite Look at the Composite Wall Decorations in the Early History of Mesopotamia ;

Section 2. Symbols in Action ;
Chikako Watanabe – Composite Animals Representing the Property of Thunder in Mesopotamia. ;
Elisa Roßberger – Shining, Contrasting, Enchanting: Composite Artefacts from the Royal Tomb of Qatna ;
Megan Cifarelli – Entangled Relations over Geographical and Gendered Space: Multi-Component Personal Ornaments at Hasanlu [Open Access: Download] ;

Section 3. Sum of Fragments, Sum of Worlds ;
Jean M. Evans – Composing Figural Traditions in the Mesopotamian Temple ;
Frances Pinnock – Polymaterism in Early Syrian Ebla ;
Anna Paule – Near Eastern Materials, Near Eastern Techniques, Near Eastern Inspiration: Colourful Jewellery from Prehistoric, Protohistoric and Archaic Cyprus

About the Author

Silvana Di Paolo (PhD Rome 2001) is, since 2001, researcher at the Institute for Studies of Ancient Mediterranean of the Italian National Council of Research (CNR). She is the director of the Series Biblioteca di Antichità Cipriote, scientific board member of al-Sharq (published in Paris) and editorial board member of Rivista di Studi Fenici published by ISMA. As CNR researcher she is co-coordinator of different projects in collaboration with European and non-European foreign institutions. She is a co-director of the QANATES project in the Iranian Kurdistan. She has written extensively on the relationship between art and power, location and styles of workshops, social meaning of works of art, as well as on material culture of the 2nd millennium BC. Silvana is currently working on the concepts of similarity in assemblages of artifacts and routinisation of the artisanal production in the ANE, as well as on the applications of the shape and semantic analysis on Mesopotamian glyptics.