Monograph Series No. 23

THE EMERY AND CLAIRE YASS PUBLICATIONS IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Monograph Series of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University

No. 23

Inscribed in Clay:
Provenance Study of the Amarna Tablets and Other Ancient Near Eastern Texts

Yuval Goren, Israel Finkelstein and Nadav Na’aman

Contributions by:
Michal Artzy, Frank Asaro, Shlomo Bunimovitz, Vladimir Chikatunov, Lydia Grossowicz, Moshe Inbar, Simcha Lev-Yadun, Hans Mommsen and Joseph Yellin

Tel Aviv 2004


 

The publication is a synthesis of the results of a study that approaches the problem of locating the provenance of the Amarna Tablets from a new angle. Through mineralogical and chemical analyses of samples from over 300 tablets housed in museums in Berlin, London, Oxford and Paris, the project aims at pin-pointing their geographic origin and clarifying the geographic history of the ancient Near East. It launches a new analytical tool for resolving historical problems that have haunted research for decades. In the case of the Amarna archive, the introduction of this scientific technique helps to clear up the controversy over the location of Alashiya and Tunip, opens the way to track the territorial expansion of the kingdom of Amurru, enables reconstruction of the territorial disposition of the Canaanite city-states of the Late Bronze Age and sheds light on the Egyptian administration system in Canaan. Inscribed in Clay

 


ISBN 965-266-020-5, xviii+386 pages with 40 colour plates.
Hard Cover. Price $65.00

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