Ancient standards of volume: negevite Iron Age pottery (Israel) as a case study in 3D modeling

Elena Zapassky, Israel Finkelstein, Itzhak Benenson

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Hand-made cylindrical vessels unearthed in excavations of Iron Age IIA sites in the Negev Highlands constitute the largest and most dominant ceramic assemblage of simple-shaped vessels found in Israel. The volumes and linear dimensions of these vessels were analyzed based on computer 3D models reconstructed according to their drawn profiles. This analysis revealed the rules that could have been employed by the ancient potters in order to produce vessels of given volumes. These rules demonstrate the human ability to reveal approximate (but inherent) geometric relationships between form and volume and deploy them in everyday life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1734-1743
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Ancient measurements
  • Computer 3D modeling
  • Iron Age IIA
  • Negev Highlands
  • Pottery
  • Pottery volume

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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