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Was The Qumran Settlement A Mere Pottery Production Center? What Instrumental Neutron Activation Revealed

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New data is reported in this chapter regarding the possibility that the flood deposits accumulated in three of the cisterns at Qumran could have been used to produce pottery, i.e. local Qumran pottery. A pottery waster, found in the ashes east of the Qumran kiln provided the ultimate chemical fingerprint of locally made pottery for which we were searching since 1998. The local chemical fingerprint of Qumran will also serve to distinguish between pots of Qumran and those from Engedi, Masada as well as those that are an integral part of the many (+/- 100) animal bone piles that have been found on Qumran's southern plateau. In 1998, the present authors started a project to investigate where Qumran pottery was manufactured. The technique that was employed was Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA), which has proved to provide the most objective results regarding identification of the chemical compositions of various potteries.

Keywords: Engedi; instrumental neutron activation; Masada; Qumran pottery



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