Site Overviews: Georgia: Saphar-Kharaba: Late Bronze Age Cemetery
This cylindrical seal, believed to have originated in the Hurrian Kingdom of Mittani in northern Mesopotamia, depicts a man kneeling and possibly holding a staff and a goat. Seals such as this were common in Mesopotamia and were sometimes used to officially mark clay records.
Cylindrical Seal Pattern
The triangular bronze blade of this Near Eastern type of dagger, found at the Saphar-Kharaba site, has low ridges along both sides and is set with fluted frame lines. Both sides of the shaft had residue from wood plates. This type of dagger was common in the Transcaucasus in the 15th-14th centuries BC.
Bronze Blade in situ
This sketch from an excavation illustrates the remains of an ox-drawn cart, measuring 2.1 meters long and 1.1 meters at the widest point, found in one grave. The cart’s triangular shape was common during the later Bronze Age. At least two ceramic vessels were placed on or with the cart.
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