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The origins of decorated ostrich eggs in the Ancient Mediterranean and Middle East.

Hodos, Tamar and Cartwright, Caroline and Montgomery, Janet and Nowell, Geoff and Crowder, Kayla and Fletcher, Alexandra and Goenster, Yvonne (2020) 'The origins of decorated ostrich eggs in the Ancient Mediterranean and Middle East.', Antiquity., 94 (374). pp. 381-400.


Decorated ostrich eggs were traded around the Mediterranean during the Bronze and Iron Ages. Research on their origins has focused primarily on decorative techniques and iconography to characterise the producers, workshops and trade routes, thereby equating decorative styles with cultural identities and geographic locations. This is problematic, as craftspeople were mobile and worked in the service of foreign royal patrons. The present study investigates the provenance of ancient ostrich eggs, reconsiders trade patterns via isotopic indicators and characterises decorative techniques in order to assist in the identification of culturally distinct decorative styles or regional preferences.

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Publisher statement:This article has been published in a revised form in Antiquity This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed. © Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2020.
Date accepted:18 October 2019
Date deposited:22 October 2019
Date of first online publication:09 April 2020
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