SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

A new look at the so-called ‘Samarra pottery horizon’ in the light of the Samarra Digitization project

A new look at the so-called 'Samarra pottery horizon'
Dr Rosalind A. Wade Haddon

Date: 14 March 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 14 March 2019Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar

Abstract: Although the caliphal capital only existed as such for around 50 years, a quick survey of Ernst Herzfeld’s pottery finds will demonstrate that Samarra was not a single period site and it would be dangerous to consider it in this context. The so-called ‘Samarra horizon’ is an outdated concept, as Alastair Northedge’s Samarra studies have already demonstrated, although the pottery volume has yet to be published. With the benefit of digital access to Herzfeld’s finds journals and registers, in addition to his, Friedrich Sarre’s and Carl Lamm’s publications, it is possible to reconstruct the provenance of many of these fragments and gain a deeper understanding of these first excavations at such an iconic site.

Convened by Professor Anna Contadini