‘Atiqot 87 (2016)
The Ceramic Finds from the Ottoman Flour Mills in the Ridwan Gardens, ‘Akko
Edna J. Stern
Keywords: Mediterranean coast, Ottoman Empire, maritime trade, local production, typology, import
The pottery assemblage from the excavation of the ‘Akko Mills includes mainly Late Ottoman wares (eighteenth–nineteenth centuries CE), as well as two earlier sherds dating to the Crusader and Mamluk periods. The Ottoman pottery includes unglazed local wares, Rashaya el-Fukhar painted wares, imported cooking vessels and imported glazed bowls and a basin. The findings indicate that imported vessels were not considered luxury ware and were used by the workers in the mills for daily consumption. The pottery was probably brought to ‘Akko by sea, reflecting the local and international maritime trade that took place at the port of ‘Akko during the Late Ottoman period.
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