Function and Ethnicity: "Bathtubs" from Late Bronze Age Cyprus


By David Collard
November 2008
Paul Astroms Forlag
ISBN: 9789170812385
198 pages, Illustrated
$92.50 paper original

Towards the end of the Late Bronze Age (c.1400-1100 B.C.) large clay and stone vessels similar in form to modern bathtubs begin to appear at sites across Cyprus. They have been traditionally linked with migrants from the Aegean, the so-called Sea Peoples, and have been seen as having a ritual purpose. Drawing on new excavations David Collard questions both assumptions, dating some of the bathtubs prior to the supposed migrations, and, whilst agreeing that they had a variety of ritual functions, exploring other possible uses for the vessels, including for industrial purposes.



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