Courtesy Andrea M. Berlin

Restored fragments of elegant, polished red-slipped ware, known as Eastern Sigillata A. The abundance of high-quality pottery in the second-century B.C.E. settlement—40 large mixing bowls, 200 large and small jugs, 15 funnels, 30 large storage jars, 250 grinding bowls—indicates a degree of prosperity unknown among Tel Anafa’s first settlers. Excavators also unearthed wine jars, scores of perfume bottle fragments, hundreds of serving vessels and glass and pottery drinking cups—all of which attest to the residents’ prosperity and penchant for large-scale merriment.