Lead isotope analysis of slag-tempered negev highlands pottery

Naama Yahalom-Mack, Mario A.S. Martin, Ofir Tirosh, Yigal Erel, Israel Finkelstein

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Petrographic analysis of Iron IIA Negev Highlands pottery revealed that the clay used in some of the vessels was tempered with copper smelting slag. Here we show, using lead isotope analysis, that the slag was likely a byproduct of the contemporaneous smelting operations at Faynan, Jordan. We substantiate previous observations regarding the connection between settlements in the Negev Highlands and the mining and smelting operations in Wadi Arabah.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)83-98
Number of pages16
JournalAntiguo Oriente
StatePublished - 2015


  • Iron IIA
  • Lead isotope analysis
  • Negebite pottery
  • Negev highlands
  • Slag temper
  • Timna
  • Wadi Faynan


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