A typical Middle Bronze Age pitcher painted in the Syro-Cilician style

At Tell Atchana, a primary research focus has always been the style, function, and production processes of the locally-made pottery. These in-depth studies have revealed changes in cooking and dining practices between the Middle and Late Bronze Ages, when the type of pots used for cooking changes and plates become to dining vessel of choice as opposed to the bowls that predominated in the earlier levels of the site. These changes have important implications for our understanding of changes in society at this time, relating to the types of foods eaten and consumed and the social experiences of eating in groups.

A Late Bronze Age goblet painted with Nuzi Ware decorative motifs