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Trumpet Snails And Purple Snails As An Indication Of The Transfer Of Religion And Technology In The Eastern-Mediterranean Region

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The theme The History of the Transfer of Technologies in the Mediterranean Region of the 2005 conference of the European Centre for Ancient East-Mediterranean Studies in Tartu (Estonia) was the stimulus for considering trumpet snails and purple snails. In this chapter, first the trumpet snails are considered and then the purple snails: the triton or trumpet snail and its shell as an object of worship, and the purple snail and the use of its secretion as a dye for wool. The emphasis of these considerations is made not only from the viewpoint of the cultural history of Ugarit but also from the archaeological finds in the ruins of that port at all times in the east Mediterranean region. The conclusion provides a summary: sea-snails as an indication of the transfer of religion and technology in the eastern Mediterranean region.

Keywords: eastern-Mediterranean region; purple snails; religion; sea-snails; technology; trumpet snails



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