Saturday, September 03, 2016

Stoneworking in the Roman World

AWOL: The Art of Making in Antiquity: Stoneworking in the Roman World. Originally noted by AWOL in 2014, but I didn't link to it at the time. The website covers a broad array of topics on stone work and stoneworking, including some information on ancient stone vessels. This is relevant to the recent discovery of an ancient stone workshop in Galilee and also to the older story of the inscribed ritual stone cup found by the Mt. Zion excavation. Stone vessels are found at ancient Jewish sites from time to time, including, recently, at Tel Rumeida. Stone vessels were useful because they were not susceptible to ritual impurity.