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Bibil Identifier bibil:224667
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Olynthus Millstones in the Southern Levant: The Backdrop to the Maritime Trade of Olynthus Millstones
Author Hasegawa, Shuichi
Journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly (Volume: 144, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 102-114 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article aims to illustrate the background behind the maritime trade of Olynthus-type millstones in the eastern Mediterranean region. A look at the distribution of southern Aegean Olynthus millstones, whose provenances were identified by Williams-Thorpe and Thorpe’s petrographic analysis, reveals that millstones were not a major import into the southern Levant, where local Olynthus millstones were produced and distributed. They were more frequent in Cyprus, where they were valued locally due to the dearth of stones appropriate for use as millstones. The analysis of Williams-Thorpe and Thorpe also suggests that southern Levantine millstones, in contrast to millstones from earlier and later periods, were not exported to other Mediterranean regions. Shipwreck remains from the eastern Mediterranean, as well as the distribution of commercial Rhodian amphorae, reveal that Rhodian merchants carried wine and millstones from the southern Aegean to Cyprus. The southern Levant, where a number of locally produced Olynthus mills were unearthed, was self-sufficient in millstones. Hence, the Rhodian merchants, who dominated eastern Mediterranean trade, used the southern Aegean millstones as saleable ballast.
DOI 10.1179/0031032812Z.0000000006
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Hellenistic Period (333-63)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : History and Civilization : 1st millennium
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Trade
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Themes : Ustensils
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Archaeology : Themes
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