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Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

ARTICLES | 2017

1 February 2018

A Late Bronze Age ship from Liman Tepe with reference to the Late Bronze Age ships from İZMIR / Bademgediği Tepesi and Kos / Seraglio

Ayşegül Aykurt & Hayat Erkanal Oxford Journal of Archaeology 36.1 (2017): 61-70

In this article, a Mycenaean pottery sherd from Liman Tepe is discussed. The piece, which was locally produced, probably belongs to a ring-based crater (FS 281). Comparisons with other, similar sherds suggest that warriors aboard a ship are depicted. As one of the few examples of its period decorated in this way, the sherd has been dated to the early or middle phase of LH III C, belonging to the period after the collapse of the Hittite Empire in Anatolia and the Mycenaean kingdoms in mainland Greece. The depictions on this sherd are highly significant, as they contribute to the corpus of evidence for migrations from the western to the eastern Mediterranean and the unrest which characterized the period.

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