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Spinning or sailing?: the boat models from Eridu

  • Janine Bourriau (a1) and Joan Oates (a1)

More on whether the prehistoric pottery vessels from Eridu, in Mesopotamia, are models of precocious boats, or as was argued in a recent ANTIQUITY, spinning bowls.

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