In 1938, University of Chicago archaeologist Robert Braidwood donated to the Museum a type collection of ceramics from his excavations. The sherds shown here are from the Judaidah site, which is in the Amuq Valley of southern Turkey. Deposits at the site, a massive mound that is 30 meters tall, date from the Neolithic (c. 6000 BC) through the first millennium AD. Braidwood’s analysis of ceramics from his stratified excavation at Judaidah and several other sites allowed him to define the ceramic sequence for the region, which, with minor refinements, remains in use today. These Red-Black Burnished Ware sherds date to the Early Bronze Age Amuq I phase (c. 2400–2250 BC).
In honor of the University of Michigan’s 2017 bicentennial, we are celebrating the remarkable archaeological and ethnographic collections and rich legacy of research and teaching at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology by posting one entry a day for 200 days. The entries will highlight objects from the collections, museum personalities, and UMMAA expeditions. The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology is also posting each day for 200 days on Twitter and Facebook (follow along at #KMA200). After the last post, an exhibition on two centuries of archaeology at U-M opens at the Kelsey. Visit the exhibit—a joint project of the UMMAA and the Kelsey—from October 18, 2017 to May 27, 2018.