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Ports of Trade, Al Mina and Geometric Greek Pottery in the Levant

Joanna Luke


Al Mina, at the mouth of the Orontes, some 75 km SW of Chatal Hüyük, has long dominated Greek-Levantine discussions in the Geometric Period (c. 1000-700 BC); the site was the first to reveal an abundance of Greek pottery generally, and still is the findspot of the greatest quantity of Greek Geometric pottery in the Levant – about 1500 sherds. In this volume, the author undertakes an analysis and review of this ‘Greek emporion’, taking as her main topics for discussion – Al Mina as a ‘port of trade’, the evidence for Greek residence on the site, Greek geometric pottery in the Levant, and Geometric pottery in Greek-Levantine trade.