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Restoration of a IIIrd millennium storage jar from Salut

Several fragments of a large clay storage jar with appliqué decoration were found at Salut, during the excavation of the moat surrounding the Early Bronze Age tower.
The most part came to light during the campaign 2012B, but the sealed Early Bronze Age context was not entirely excavated in that occasion. Further fragments were collected in 2013A, when the removal of the layer was completed.
The 175 fragments have been restored in June by G. Buonomini, the IMTO’s restorer.
The jar is outstanding among ST1 assemblage in terms of shape, dimension, and fabric. No other jar of a comparable size (rim diameter: 28 cm; maximum circumference: 213 cm; preserved height: 70 cm) was found at the site, with the exception of sherds of the Indus-related black slipped jars. The fabric, medium red with abundant white and rarer black grits is also unique. As regards the decoration, although the double wavy line motifs, running all around the upper part of the body, is recurrent on ST1’s jars, the case of an applied ridge had never occurred before. Moreover, the presence of a similarly realized appliqué representing a short dagger (?) or a spearhead (?), also constitutes a unicum.
Fitting parallels have still to be verified, but at first glance the jar could be compared with similar large storage vessels from Early Bronze Age Iranian sites. In addition to the above mentioned Indus jars and to the remarkably well executed Indus style seal discovered two years ago, this would add another element to the growing amount of evidence of long-distance trade at Salut.