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Ancient fingerprints from Beit Nattif: studying Late Roman clay impressions on oil lamps and figurines

  • Achim Lichtenberger (a1) and Kimberlee S. Moran (a2)
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Analysis of oil lamps and clay figurines recovered from a Late Roman ceramics workshop at Beit Nattif in Israel has revealed numerous fragments with evidence of the manufacturer's fingerprints preserved on some of the ceramic surfaces. Further study of these fingerprints has provided a unique insight into the production history of the workshop, even showing how particular innovations in technique may be associated with particular individuals.

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Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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