Today, Dr. Kate Birney took a look at some bowls found in a mudbrick bin in Grid 50 approximately 20 years ago. Most of the bowls are the same form, Hellenistic incurved rim bowls from the 2nd century, but different sizes. What this means is that it is possible to get an idea of the dish "set" -- think fine china -- that might be found in a household. In this case, however, think fine china at Ikea prices. Believe or not, these dishes are mass produced, inexpensive dishes found in many households.
The vessels which people used for eating and drinking weren't the only subject of conversation today. Later in the morning, Dan and Kate engaged in a spirited conversation about the cultural significance of the diffusion of Hellenistic casseroles.
All in a day's work during the Ashkelon preseason.