21.47.105.1

21.47.105.1

21.48.111

21.48.111

21.1181

21.1181

21.3684

21.3684

Hanging Offering Vessels: Middle Classic to Low Imperial

The introduction of copper is not the only evidence of foreign contacts with Ephemera.  These hanging offering Vessels are a rare occurrence of Near Eastern elements in the Ephemerean material culture, which is known for its conservatism.   These examples  are thought to be made to resemble Canaanite Amphora and other Near Eastern designs. The location of there find, the northern wall of Temple II, from which one can see the entire Seyathos Valley, was most puzzling.  By chance I ran into an old friend Dr. Fishmore who is a Nautically Archaeologist.  He explained that a ship sailing from Cyprus (the probable origin of copper imports) would first sail north then west hugging the Turkish coast, which was safer than the open sea.  The ship would then turned south to Ephemera, which would mean that the priests or worshipers at the Temple would have first seen the ship approaching from the north.  We may conclude it would seem that these vessels, made to represent pottery associated with sea travel, left as offerings facing north, were a prayer for trade ships to reappear on the horizon.  This theory is made more probable when we note that this type of vessel fades out of use during the Imperial Period, when copper became an almost daily import.