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Ancient Jewish Archaeology: Chalk Vessels


Chalk Vessels

A new family of chalk-made vessels emerged in the second half of the 1st c. B.C.E. Recent archaeological work has shed new light on the subject, with vessels of a variety of different forms appearing among the finds of numerous excavations, and with the discovery of additional manufacturing sites. There has also been a surge of publications examining the possible functions that such stone vessels might have had in view of concerns relating to matters of purity that developed among the Jewish population in Palestine during the 1st century, particularly for those living in Jerusalem, where the Jewish Temple was located.


2,000-year-old chalkstone cores, dating to the Roman period, uncovered in the Israeli village of Reina.