Edomite pottery

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Edomite pottery, also known as 'Busayra Painted Ware'[1] and 'Southern Transjordan-Negev Pottery' (STNP),[2] is the name given to several ware types found in archaeological sites in southern Jordan and the Negev dated to the 7th and 6th centuries BCE. It is attributed to the Biblical people of the Edomites.

It consists of several ware types, of which the most representative ones are the plain wares, usually kraters and bowls with a denticulated fringe applied around the vessel; bowls with red and black-painted geometric decorations; cooking-pots with a stepped-rim; and vessels, mainly carinated bowls, influenced by “Assyrian ware” pottery.[3]

It was first identified by archaeologist Nelson Glueck in the 1930s-1940s.[4]


  1. ^ P. Bienkowski and L. Sedman, ‘Busayra and Judah: Stylistic Parallels in the Material Culture’, in A. Mazar (ed.), Studies in the Archaeology of the Iron Age in Israel and Jordan, JSOTSup Series 331, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001, 310-325.
  2. ^ J.M. Tebes, 'The Potter’s Will: Spheres of Production, Distribution and Consumption of the Late Iron Age Southern Transjordan-Negev Pottery', Strata: The Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 29 (2011): 61-101.
  3. ^ M.F. Oakeshott, 'The Edomite Pottery', in J.F.A. Sawyer & D.J.A. Clines (eds.) Midian, Moab and Edom: The History and Archaeology of Late Bronze and Iron Age Jordan and North-West Arabia, JSOT Supplement 24, Sheffield, JSOT Press, 1983, 53-63; E. Mazar, 'Edomite Pottery at the End of the Iron Age', Israel Exploration Journal 35 (1985): 253-269.
  4. ^ N. Glueck, Explorations in Eastern Palestine II. AASOR 15. New Haven: ASOR, 1935, 123-137.