Helle Salskov Roberts: Sūkās XI - The Attic Pottery and Commentary on the Greek Inscriptions found on Tall Sūkās. Publications of the Carlsberg Expedition to Phoenicia 14. Scientia Danica Series H, Humanistica 4, vol. 3. 2015. 159 pp. Rigt ill. 280 kr. ISSN-nr. 1904-5506. ISBN-nr. 978-87-7304-381-3
The present publication deals with the Attic pottery found on Tall Sūkās and aims at giving as precise a description and time of production as possible for the individual pieces. The chronology of Attic pottery being well-established for the period 600-300 BC it is hoped that this particular group of finds can elucidate the Greek presence on the Syrian coast, especially on Tall Sūkās, where some of the earliest well-dated Attic examples occur.
The number of Attic sherds is modest compared to the East Greek finds at the site, but it seems that these different kinds of import at the beginning of the Sixth Century BC overlap and thus provide a more detailed picture of the Greek presence for that period, as exemplified by the finds in the square G 8. To a large extent the Attic, as well as the East Greek pottery, is found in connection with architectural remains and thus show the preferences of the inhabitants with regard to table-service.
The fact that a considerable number of the East Greek pieces carry Greek inscriptions would seem to indicate that these inhabitants were Greek-speakers. Even more significant in this respect is the occurrence of Greek inscriptions on coarse-ware tiles and pottery.
Especially important are the inscriptions on tiles originating from the rectangular building in G 14 - G 15, which point to the builders and users of the building as being Greek. A final chapter is devoted to a discussion of the particular function of this building.