The Oboda potter's workshop reconsidered Academic Article uri icon


  • Study of the Roman-Byzantine cities of the Negev desert has been a focus of archaeological research for nearly a century. While much of the early research has focused on architecture, agricultural installations, water-supply, and trade routes, the typology, technology, and dis- tribution of the pottery vessels found in these cities were relatively neglected prior to the surveys and excavations by JH Iliffe and N. Glueck. The latter's work drew attention to the elaborated Nabatean Painted Fine Ware (NPFW), found also on several sites in Jordan, including Petra. An important landmark in the study of NPFW occurred nearly a half-century ago with the discovery of a potter's workshop at Oboda (Avdat) by A. Negev. His narrative is important for our discussion: Given the enormous quantities of Nabatean painted ware, I had little doubt that such an installation existed on the site. To this search I devoted much of …

publication date

  • January 1, 2008