Thousands of Late Bronze Age vases were traded among the nations of the eastern Mediterranean littoral. At least 900 still preserve marks incised or painted on their handles, bases or bodies. At first sight, the variety of mark-types, the range of vases marked, and the wide dispersal of the marked vessels yields an impression of jumble. But on closer inspection, patterns of marking begin to become evident. The fact that patterns do appear lends credence to the task of trying to discover what those marks might mean.
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Hirschfeld, N. (1998). Ways of exchange in the LBA eastern Mediterranean: The evidence of marked vases. Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, 42(1), 212-213. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-5370.1998.tb00730.x
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