Who needs a classicist? (Installment 1)

You're all probably aware of my occasional series, "Who needs an osteologist?" where I show images with poorly laid-out skeletons because no one thought to consult an osteologist or even the internet.  Well, while watching last night's Bones, I realized there's a need for a new series, "Who needs a classicist?"

According to Brennan, this is a Mesopotamian "sacrificial basin" from 3000 BC:

Yeah, no.  This looks like an Attic red-figure lekanis to me (dating to about 400-300 BC).  It's definitely not Mesopotamian and not 5000 years old.  Here's an example of what Uruk-period pottery from Mesopotamia looked like:

Ceramic bowls from Hacinebi
But hey, my two degrees in classical archaeology have finally come in handy!


And now my classics friends are saying Apulian lekanis. Still, not Mesopotamian.
I was looking for a picture of beveled rim bowls from early Uruk period, Susiana, and here they are! Used for grain rations for workers, easily made and disposable.

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