Manufacturing vitreous colors: Frit, faience and glass production in the second millennium BC Tell Atchana, Alalakh (Turkey)

Dardeniz Arıkan G.

), Economic aspects of colours in Antiquity, 4–7th February, TOPOI Excellence Cluster, Berlin, Germany, 4 - 07 February 2016, pp.1

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  • City: Berlin
  • Country: Germany
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This paper is an attempt to understand the perception of colour of glass in the second mil- lennium BC by providing specific examples from the capital of Hittites, Boğazköy/Hattuˇsa (Çorum, Turkey) in Central Anatolia, and from the North Syrian Tell Atchana/Alalakh (Hatay, Turkey), which served as a vassal to the Hittites in the Late Bronze Age. By discussing both archaeological and linguistic evidence from these two case sites, the perception of col- our in glass and value of certain types of colours at the center and periphery of the Hittite Empire are discussed.

Keywords: colour; glass; second millennium BC; Anatolia; Boğazköy/Hattuˇsa; Tell Atchana/Alalakh