Decorated Pottery Jar from Abu Hamid

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 25 February 2019

This type is similar to the ones used for infant burials, but this one is painted with red strips using iron oxide (hematite), material already known during the Neolithic period for coloring plaster. The Jar was carefully made on a straw mat or tray, the impression of which is preserved under the base. Thus, another form of handcraft reached us although most of the artifacts made of organic materials, including straw, have long deteriorated. Late Chalcolithic period, 4000-3600 BCE. From Abu Hamid archaeological site, northern Jordan Valley, Jordan. (The Jordan Museum, Amman, Jordan).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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