Syro-Hittite iconography and food in practice

Nicole Herzog


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Figure 1. Map of Syro-Hittite kingdoms (Niehr, Herbert. The Aramaeans in ancient Syria. Leiden: Brill, 2014.)

Alongside the rise of the independent Syro-Hittite kingdoms in the 1st millennium BC, a distinctive category of banquet scenes also developed in the northern Syria/southern Anatolia region. Iron Age Sam’al—modern Zincirli Höyük—was one such kingdom. This talk will explore how these scenes relate to the archaeology of food and identity by addressing the following concepts:

  • Stylistic elements and local/regional identity
  • Limitations of iconographic interpretation
  • Food-related practices and archaeological correlates from Zincirli


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