"This is certainly ambitious work, aiming to produce reliable relative and absolute chronologies of the entire region for the 3rd millennium BC and beyond through synchronisation of regional chronologies, and present this in ultimately a dozen ‘regional and transversal’ volumes (...)" (Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, in: Ancient West & East, Volume 17, 2018, p. 273)
“(…) it provides scholars with a huge amount of materials, a high level of discussion and the possibility to go further in depth in several aspects of these difficult topics.” (Paolo Matthiae, in Studia Eblaitica 5, 2019, p. 223)
The second interregional volume of the ARCANE collection gathers fourteen contributions concerning artefacts that were produced from Egypt to Iran and from Thrace to Southern Mesopotamia across the third millennium BCE.
These contributions, written by senior scholars and advanced doctoral students, are based primarily on artefacts from secure stratigraphical contexts. They present the most recent and complete update on Near and Middle Eastern artefact production throughout the Early Bronze Age.
As an integral component of the ARCANE Programme, the volume provides a careful examination of interregional contacts and allows for a deeper understanding and fine-tuning of the relative chronologies of the entire area.
The contributors relied on the methodology and interdisciplinary focus of the ARCANE Programme. As a result, scholars and students will find this volume an essential reference work for the interregional study of the material culture of the ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean world.
Foreword — MARC LEBEAU
Cypriot Anthropomorphic Figurines — DIANE BOLGER
Inlays — RITA DOLCE & BARBARA COUTURAUD
Organic Materials (Bone, Ivory, Shell) — HERMANN GENZ
Metal Weapons — GUILLAUME GERNEZ
Andirons — MEHMET IŞIKLI & RAPHAEL GREENBERG
Animal Figurines — LUCA PEYRONEL AND ALEXANDER PRUß
Dark Soft Stone Objects — HOLLY PITTMAN
Model Vehicles — ALEXANDER PRUß
Semi-Precious Stones — PHILIPPE QUENET
Canaanean Blades — STEVEN A. ROSEN
Anthropomorphic Terracotta Figurines — FERHAN SAKAL
Stone Vessels — KARIN SOWADA
Bitumen — THOMAS VAN DE VELDE & JACQUES CONNAN
Beads — ZUZANNA WYGNAŃSKA & DANIELLA E. BAR-YOSEF MAYER