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A new interpretation of some of the world’s earliest human images
In the Neolithic period (c. 8000–4000 B.C.), Near Eastern peoples created a number of arresting images to represent (or influence) their world. They carved small female figurines immodestly presenting their breasts or pregnant stomachs, for...
Archaeology Odyssey, March/April 2003
How Writing Led to Picture Painting
Pottery painting was a major art form in the ancient Near East as early as the seventh millennium B.C. For thousands of years, the designs painted on ceramic pots were largely limited to geometric or animal patterns, though these decorations...
Archaeology Odyssey, September/October 2004