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Reference To Qlot q1211

Category 2009-7-20!! ceramic vessels [Input file: T720AGA.J / T720AGA.-J]
Definition 2009-7-20aGA ~sherd [Input file: T720AGA.J / T720AGA.-J]
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L_V22d1506 J1q1211.1 T729 dM incised sherd f302.jpg

Description 2009-7-20aGA Thick trapezoidal potsherd with what looks like a shallow potter's mark. The mark resembles an irregular triangle whose lines extend past the intersections on all but the bottom verticies. There is another possible horizontal impression on the bottom right of the potsherd. Its section shows a black-grayish color. There are impressions on the reverse, likely left from rope. The clay has many impurities in it, especially in the reverse. [Input file: T720AGA.J / T720AGA.-J]

Field Record
Field: definition 2009-7-20aGA cv [Input file: T722AGA.J / T722AGA.-J]
Field: height 2009-7-20aGA 5.4 [Input file: T722AGA.J / T722AGA.-J]
Field: length 2009-7-20aGA 6.1 [Input file: T722AGA.J / T722AGA.-J]
Field: width 1 2009-7-20aGA 1.5 [Input file: T722AGA.J / T722AGA.-J]
Field: ware/material 2009-7-20aGA cl [Input file: T722AGA.J / T722AGA.-J]
Field: shape 2009-7-20aGA trapizoid [Input file: T722AGA.J / T722AGA.-J]
Field: color 2009-7-20aGA reddish brown [Input file: T722AGA.J / T722AGA.-J]
Field: notes 2009-7-20aGA sherd with potters mark [Input file: T722AGA.J / T722AGA.-J]

Time sequencing
Stratum to which element belongs 2006-8-26!! s20J1A [Input file: S-CUMUL.J / S-CUMUL.-J]
Phase to which stratum belongs 2006-8-26!! h9mJ1A [Input file: S-CUMUL.J / S-CUMUL.-J]

Height 2009-7-20aGA 5.7 [Input file: T720AGA.J / T720AGA.-J]
Length 2009-7-20aGA 6.3 [Input file: T720AGA.J / T720AGA.-J]
Mid width 2009-7-20aGA 1.6 [Input file: T720AGA.J / T720AGA.-J]

Ware/Material 2009-7-20aGA ~CL [Input file: T720AGA.J / T720AGA.-J]
2015-4-15cJC ~CH [Input file: ZA415CJC.J / ZA415CJC.-J]
Color definition 2009-7-20aGA yellowish brown [Input file: T720AGA.J / T720AGA.-J]
Color number 2009-7-20aGA 10YR 5/6 [Input file: T720AGA.J / T720AGA.-J]
Condition 2009-7-20aGA fragment [Input file: T720AGA.J / T720AGA.-J]
Notes on typology 2009-8-18gB While there are other sherds from a variety of different strata with unique incised designs, i.e., designs that are not repeated to form a running pattern on the surface of the vessel, the A16 q1211.1 sherd from J1 has four peculiarities. First, the lines are quite straight, as if they were not obtained by dragging the tip of a stylus-like implement along the surface of the sherd, but rather by depressing the same stylus along its side (this implies that the sign was impressed on the wet clay before the vessel was fired, thus arguing agaist a possible identification as an ostracon). Second, the incision is a single line, whereas many of the other sherds show a double line, as if the implement used were like a straw with two edges. Third, the incision is very shallow, though it is quite sharply defined. Fourth, the design may perhaps be seen as being representational in nature, as a schematic bull's head.
   We have routinely interpreted these incised designs as either simple decorative elements, or as potter's marks. The J1 sherd, however, because of the peculiarities just noted, raises the question as to whether it may lend itself to a different interpretation. Placed vertically with the acute angle at the bottom, the sign looks like a bucranium. Placed on its side, with the acute angle on the left, the sign looks like the aliph sign of the early north Semitic alphabets. There is also an additional stroke that may represent a second sign in a presumed string of signs. [Input file: U125GB.J / U125GB.-J]
2015-4-15cJC potter's mark [Input file: ZA415CJC.J / ZA415CJC.-J]

Analogical record
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T729 dM


T729 dM


T729 dM

Storage 2010-9-13jN DeZ Museum [Input file: W111LC2.J / W111LC2.-J]

Files and disposition
Other publications 2009-8-18gB There is a curious body sherd from Chuera with a string of four incised signs that appear to render four characters in a Northwest Semitic script. It came from the sherd yard of the Antentempel level, and it is described as being identical in ware to those of that level. See discussion in teh section on TYPOLOGY > TEXTS > OTHER TEXTS > ALPHABETIC (urkesh.org/alphabetic). [Input file: U125GB.J / U125GB.-J]

Special roster: ceramic analysis (Zca)

Details of decoration
ZcaD1.Technique 2015-4-15cJC [Input file: ZA415CJC.J / ZA415CJC.-J]
ZcaD2.Type 2015-4-15cJC [Input file: ZA415CJC.J / ZA415CJC.-J]