Khirbet Kerak Ware (Kura-Araxes) Andirons at Tel Bet Yerah: Functional Analysis and Cultural Context

Sergey Ishoev, Raphael Greenberg

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Abstract

Horseshoe-shaped andirons have long been viewed, on little evidence, as a stand-in for the fire installations that play a central role in houses associated with the Kura-Araxes cultural tradition. A detailed examination of more than 100 andiron fragments from Tel Bet Yerah, accompanied by structural analysis and computerized simulation, has provided primary forensic evidence on their use, breakage and discard, and insights on their relation to ceramic cooking and consumption vessels. Our analysis reveals a previously unreported component of food preparation and consumption practices in the south Levantine branch of the Kura-Araxes diaspora that offers a striking contrast to local south Levantine behaviours and traditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-41
Number of pages21
JournalTel Aviv
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Bet Yerah
  • Kura-Araxes
  • andirons
  • foodways
  • hearths

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