Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond


Despite the large number of well-preserved domestic contexts in Bronze and Iron Age sites, household archaeology has not been a common approach to studying the material culture of Ancient Israel. Until recently, the dictates of “Biblical Archaeology” led to a narrow set of questions that ignored issues such as gender, status and production within the household. The present volume, which grew out of a session at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, attempts to redress this issue. The seventeen papers herein reflect innovative viewpoints on the theory and praxis of household archaeology in this region. The next step in household research is presented here, with the use of tailor-made data collection strategies designed to answer specific questions posed by household archaeology.

"The neglect of households and the archaeology of the activities of its members are ambitiously attended to in this volume. Its exceptional breadth of various modes of inquiry coupled with the application thereof justifies the household as a topic of discussion. I would highly recommend this book for institutions, libraries, scholars, and students interested in any aspect of daily life in the southern Levant, and I very much look forward to the future research projects it will inspire."
Cynthia Shafer-Elliot, William Jessup University

" a whole the work is impressive, and most contributions are commendable for their sophistication in engaging
interdisciplinary research in order to understand the nature and function of households in ancient Israel and surrounding areas."
Carol Meyers, Duke University

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Assaf Yasur-Landau, Ph.D. (2003) in Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, is a senior lecturer at the department of Maritime Civilizations and a senior researcher in the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, University of Haifa. He is the author of The Philistines and Aegean Migration in the Late Bronze Age (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and editor (with A. Fantalkin) of Bene Israel: Studies in the Archaeology of Israel and the Levant during the Bronze and Iron Ages in Honour of Israel Finkelstein (Culture and History of the Ancient Near East Volume 31) (Brill, 2008).
Jennie R. Ebeling, Ph.D. (2001) in Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona, is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Chair of the Department of Archaeology and Art History at the University of Evansville. She is the author of Women’s Lives in Biblical Times (T&T Clark Int’l., 2010) and editor (with Y.M. Rowan) of New Approaches to Old Stones: Recent Studies of Ground Stone Artifacts (Equinox, 2008).
Laura B. Mazow, Ph.D. (2005) in Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona, is Assistant Professor at East Carolina University.
"Recommended for libraries that cater to serious biblical archeology scholars."

Ilka Gordon, Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews (2012) Vol. 2, No. 1
Introduction: The Past and Present of Household Archaeology in Israel
Assaf Yasur-Landau, Jennie Ebeling, and Laura Mazow
Understanding Houses, Households, and the Levantine Archaeological Record
James W. Hardin
Household Archaeology in Israel: Looking into the Microscopic Record
Ruth Shahack-Gross
Applying On-Site Analysis of Faunal Assemblages from Domestic Contexts: A Case Study from the Lower City of Hazor
Nimrod Marom and Sharon Zuckerman
“The Kingdom Is His Brick Mould and the Dynasty Is His Wall”: The Impact of Urbanization on Middle Bronze Age Households in the Southern Levant
Assaf Yasur-Landau
A Tale of Two Houses: The Role of Pottery in Reconstructing Household Wealth and Composition
Nava Panitz-Cohen
Differentiating between Public and Residential Buildings: A Case Study from Late Bronze Age II Tell es-afi/Gath
Itzhaq Shai, Aren M. Maeir, Yuval Gadot, and Joe Uziel
Household Gleanings from Iron I Tel Dan
David Ilan
Houses and Households in Settlements along the Yarkon River, Israel, during the Iron Age I: Society, Economy, and Identity
Yuval Gadot
Early Iron Age Domestic Material Culture in Philistia and Eastern Mediterranean Koiné
David Ben-Shlomo
Household Archaeology in LHIIIC Tiryns
Philipp Stockhammer
The Archaeology of the Extended Family: A Household Compound from Iron II Tell en-Nabeh
Aaron J. Brody
Household Economies in the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah
Avraham Faust
Household Activities at Tel Beersheba
Lily Singer-Avitz
The Empire in the House, the House in the Empire: Toward a Household Archaeology Perspective on the Assyrian Empire in the Levant
Virginia Rimmer Herrmann
Cult Corners in the Aegean and the Levant
Louise A. Hitchcock
Varieties of Religious Expression in the Domestic Setting
Beth Alpert Nakhai
A Problem of Definition: “Cultic” and “Domestic” Contexts in Philistia
Michael D. Press
All those interested in household archaeology, the archaeology of the Levant, the Ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean in the Bronze and Iron Age, and biblical archaeology.
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