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By P. R. S. Moorey

This is often the 1st systematic try to survey intimately the archaeological proof for the crafts and craftsmanship of the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians in historic Mesopotamia (c. 8000-300 BC). P.R.S. Moorey stories in brief the textual proof, and is going directly to research intimately a variety of crafts and fabrics: stones, either universal and decorative, animal items, ceramics, glazed fabrics and glass, metals, and construction fabrics. With a complete bibliography, this generously illustrated quantity may be a key paintings of reference for archaeologists and people attracted to the early background of crafts and expertise, in addition to for experts within the historic close to East.

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Bituminous limestone) were combined with necks and spouts of lighter colour in limestone, gypsum, or calcite (cf. Heinrich 1936: fig. 4). Various coloured limestones and lapis lazuli were combined in the inlays. These were set into cavities, secured with bitumen either as horizontal or vertical bands, or as rosettes or geometrical shapes (cf. N61deke 1936: pI. 24g; Heinrich 1936: pI. 25). Unusual stones, the grey-green lavas (Orthman et al. 1975: pI. X) or the dark-coloured 'slates', were used for open bowls cut on the exterior with recesses for the reception of coloured inlays.

Limestone (nbout 3): a very common sedimentary r~ck usually white or light grey in colour, but also appeanng in reddish-pink and black (including a variety With white calcite veins). It is usually fine-grained and may on occasion be slightly translucent. It is sometimes hard to distinguish from marble into which it is metamorphosed under high temperature and press~lfe. It was almost as readily available to vesselMmakers m Mesopotamia as was gypsum, since it is abundant in the hills THE STONEWORKING CRAFTS: THE COMMON STONES and cliffs of the river valley.

A successor to the larmo industries in the Zagros may be observed at Shemshara, where open bowls appear in 'a carefully polished pink or cream coloured marble, often with red veins' (Mortensen '97(l: 47, figs. 38-40). For the moment, only the outstanding polished stone 39 artefacts from graves and buildings of the second half of the sixth millennium BC at Tell es-Sawwan on the Tigris bear any close comparison with the earlier industry evident at Bouqras. Unfortunately, they remain largely unpublished.

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