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Stories Told around the Fountain. Papers Offered to Piotr Bieliński on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday – PDF

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The papers offered in this volume, celebrating Prof.. Piotr Bieliński on his 70th birthday anniversary, cover issues of archaeology, iconography and cult, ceramics and other objects of material culture of the Ancient Near East. The chronological... czytaj więcej

Stories Told around the Fountain. Papers Offered to Piotr Bieliński on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday – PDF

Redakcja Agnieszka Pieńkowska, Dariusz Szeląg, Iwona Zych
Date of realise: 2019-12-18
Place and year of publication: Warszawa 2019
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The papers offered in this volume, celebrating Prof.. Piotr Bieliński on his 70th birthday anniversary, cover issues of archaeology, iconography and cult, ceramics and other objects of material culture of the Ancient Near East. The chronological and geographical spectrum of these papers reflects the Jubilarian’s core research field of Bronze Age Near East, concentrating on one hand on northern Mesopotamia and on the other reaching out to the Gulf, his colleagues reach even further beyond, to Egypt, Cyprus and the Roman provinces in southeastern Europe. While the bulk of the papers are set in the Bronze Age, a number of the contributions reach back in time to the Neolithic as well as forward, to Roman and even medieval Islamic times.

Five of the 42 papers in general explore topics related to Tell Arbid, a site in northern Mesopotamia that Bieliński brought to the limelight, excavating this primarily Bronze Age city with a long history between 1996 and 2010. The authors, all of them team members, discuss various aspects of ceramics (M. Momot, Ł. Rutkowski,), also in terms of what the Bronze Age diet could have been (J. Piątkowska-Małecka and A. Smogorzewska), bioarchaeological data on women from Tell Arbid (A. Sołtysiak) and the Ninevite 5 infant burials (D. Szeląg and Z. Wygnańska). However, no clear lines can be drawn considering the topics of the presentations as they tend to reach across categories. The Bronze Age landscape, urban and non-urban, of northern Mesopotamia appears in contributions presenting past and current archaeological excavations and ground surveys (R. Koliński, M. Masetti-Rouault and O. Rouault), as well as broader views of the results (K. Jakubiak, A. Reiche, Ö. Tunca). This approach comes through strongly in a series of papers that delve into iconographic studies revolving around various aspects of religion and cult, mythology and ruler representationsfrom the Bronze Age through the times of the Roman Empire (L. Bachelot, M. Bietak, P. Dyczek, K. Gawlikowska and M. Gawlikowski, H. Meyza, A. Otto and B. Einwag, R. Pierobon Benoit, P. Steinkeller, I. Zych), including text-based approaches (O. Drewnowska, P. Michałowski, P. Taracha).

A special place among these studies have papers devoted to seals and sealing practices, in Mesopotamia (C. Kepinski, M. Luciani, D.J.W. Meijer, P. Steinkeller) and in the neighboring regions in different periods (M. Iskra, A. Pieńkowska). Royal serekhs stamped on jars are cited as evidence for early rulers from the Nile Delta trading extensively with the Near East (K.M. Ciałowicz). Material culture appears also in contributions on Neolithic building materials (M. Białowarczuk), dress and accessories (S.N. Amirov and Y.V. Lun’kova), reworked ivory pieces and animal-shaped amulets (F. Pinnock, C.E. Suter), craft discoid loom-weights for weaving (A. Ulanowska), and a variety of ceramics, from Bronze Age (M. Kelly-Buccellati, D. Lawecka, Ł. Rutkowski) through Hellenistic (M. Momot) to Islamic (M. Mierzejewska). Drumming up interest in non-material culture is a study of early Mesopotamian percussionists (P. Michałowski).

It is a sign if the breadth of the Jubilarian’s life achievement that the volume also includes papers on modern documentation standards and their development citing examples from the history of Near Eastern archaeology and current fieldwork (M. Rekowska and W. Nowakowski, P. Zakrzewski), conservation projects (M. Kowalczyk and M. Olbryś) and creative site maintenance (G. Buccellati). The lattermost ties in with an address by M. Al.-Maqdissi concerning the future of archaeological research in Syria.

As is fitting for a Jubilee volume, the opening part introduces Stories about Piotr: the customary brief biography and list of publications, but also four essays on Bieliński, not-only-the-archaeologist (W. Borodziej, S.K. Kozłowski, W. Lengauer, and W. Tygielski) – a very personal look at the academic establishment at the University of Warsaw, the Professor’s alma mater and lifelong place of employment, in the past half a century.

Joanna Piątkowska-Małecka,
Anna Smogorzewska,
“Pigeon broth” and other meat dishes prepared by the people of Tell Arbid in the 3rd millennium BC

Agnieszka Pieńkowska,
A 3rd millennium BC stone stamp seal from the Omani site of Qumayrah Ayn 3

Henryk Meyza,
A marmara plaque from Nea Paphos with Ganymedes abducted by an eagle

Krystyna Gawlikowska,
Michał Gawlikowski,
A painted diptych from Gerasa

Claudia E. Suter,
A recycled ivory panel from Samaria

Frances Pinnock,
About some animal-shaped “amulets” from Northern Syria

Maria Grazia Masetti-Rouault,
Olivier Rouault,
Another town in the Northern Mesopotamia plains: excavations at Qasr Shemamok (Kurdistan, Iraq) in 2017–2018

Mateusz Iskra,
Archaeological and social contexts of Late Bronze Age cylinder seals from Transcaucasia

Önhan Tunca,
Chagar Bazar (Ašnakkum) a la période du Bronze moyen : le connu et l’inconnu

Shahmardan N. Amirov,
Yulia V. Lun’kova,
Dress, jewelry and a musical instrument of the inhabitants of Tell Khazna I

Giorgio Buccellati,
From Urkesh to Mozan. The itinerary of a project in wartime

Piotr Zakrzewski,
Geodesy and photogrammetry in archaeology. Advanced documentation methods used by the Kuwaiti–Polish Archaeological Expedition

Marta Momot,
Hellenistic tableware with stamped decoration from Tell Arbid (Syria)

Rafał Koliński,
Hiptunu and Habruri: an archaeological point of view

Piotr Taracha,
In search of the Holy Grail: Hittite DGAL.ZU reconsidered

Dariusz Szeląg,
Zuzanna Wygnańska,
Infant burials in the Ninevite 5 mortuary landscape

Andrzej Reiche,
Isin-Larsa and Sasanian graves from the site of el-Saadiya in the Hamrin region, Iraq

Marta Mierzejewska,
Islamic harbour in Kharaib al-Dasht Bay? Some remarks on the pottery collection from the Underwater Survey along the coast of Failaka Island

Michel Al-Maqdissi,
La Syrie, le Proche-Orient et l’avenir de l’archéologie

Łukasz Rutkowski,
Late 3rd millennium BC painted pottery from Tell Arbid

Dorota Ławecka,
Late Chalcolithic pottery from Tell Raffaan (Eski Mosul Dam Project)

Piotr Dyczek,
Legio I Italica – Orientalis

Luc Bachelot,
Les idoles aux yeux de Tell Brak, essai d’interprétation

Krzysztof Jakubiak,
Artavazd Zakyan,
Metsamor: topography of an archeological site near Metsamor River

Piotr Steinkeller,
More on Dumuzi and the “brimmed cap” of the Priest-King of Late Uruk times

Łukasz Rutkowski,
Andrzej Reiche,
O Piotrze, fontannie i Starożytnym Bliskim Wschodzie / About Piotr, the fountain and the Ancient Near East

Włodzimierz Lengauer,
O Piotrze, o sobie i o dawnych czasach (czyli Rzeczy minione i rozmyślania) / On Piotr, myself and bygone times (or My past and thoughts)

Olga Drewnowska,
Old Babylonian Nerebtum and its main deity

Piotr Michałowski,
On some early Mesopotamian percussionists

Christine Kepinski,
Once more about cylinder-seal impressions on ceramic vessels: an anthropological point of view on a find from Tilbeshar

Krzysztof M. Ciałowicz,
Once more on the first kings of Egypt

Prof. dr hab. Wojciech Tygielski,

Stefan Karol Kozłowski,
Piotrusiowy pamiętnik / Piotr’s Diary

Włodzimierz Borodziej,
Raport ze śledztwa 19/08/1948, kryptonim „Pan z Krakowskiego Przedmieścia” / Report from the investigation 19/08/1948, codename “The Gentleman from Krakowskie Przedmieście”

Diederik J.W. Meijer,
Seal, amulet or both?

Iwona Zych,
A note on snake ritual at Saruq al-Hadid

Rafaella Pierobon Benoit,
Tell Barri/Kahat: le ‘Pantheon’. Données et problemes

Marek Kowalczyk,
Mirosław Olbryś,
The citadel in North Mesopotamian Erbil (Iraq): challenges for the preservation and adaptation to new function of an Ottoman period house

Marcin Białowarczuk,
The first builders of the Northern Levant. Notes on early Neolithic construction materials

Marta Luciani,
The long life of a royal seal and the Nuzi bullae in the Harvard Semitic Museum

Manfred Bietak,
The Obelisk Temple in Byblos and its predecessors

Monika Rekowska,
Wojciech Nowakowski,
The power of image or how the art of photography changed early archaeology

Adelheid Otto,
Berthold Einwag,
Three ritual vessels from the Mittani-period temple at Tell Bazi

Marylin Kelly-Buccellati,
Urkesh ceramic evidence for function

Agata Ulanowska,
Why are some discoid loom weights grooved? Answers from experimental archaeology on the functionality of weaving tools in the Bronze Age Aegean

Arkadiusz Sołtysiak,
Women from Tell Arbid

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