Tel Kabri, located in the western Galilee region of modern Israel several kilometers inland from modern Acco and Nahariyya, was the center of a Canaanite polity during the Middle Bronze Age (MB). Initial excavations conducted at the site from 1986 to 1993 revealed the remains of a palace dating primarily to the Middle Bronze Age II period, during the first half of the second millennium BCE. Excavations were resumed at the site in 2005 under the co-direction of the present editors, Assaf Yasur-Landau and Eric H. Cline. This volume presents the results of the work done at Tel Kabri from 2005 to 2011.
Assaf Yasur-Landau, Ph.D. (Tel Aviv University, 2003), is head of the Leon Recanati Institute of Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa. His published works include numerous articles and The Philistines and Aegean Migration at the End of the Late Bronze Age (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Eric H. Cline, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, 1991), is Professor of Classics and Anthropology at George Washington University in Washington DC. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Princeton University Press, 2014).
Acknowledgments List of Figures and Tables Abbreviations Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction and Overview of the Kabri Archaeological Project, 2005–2011 Eric H. Cline and Assaf Yasur-Landau
2 History of Archaeological Explorations at Tel Kabri Henry Curtis Pelgrift
Part 1 Stratigraphy and Architecture
3 Area D-West The 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2011 Seasons Nurith Goshen and Alexandra Ratzlaff
4 Area D-North The 2005–2011 Seasons Nurith Goshen and Alexandra Ratzlaff
5 Area D-South 1 The 2005–2011 Seasons Inbal Samet and Celia J. Bergoffen
6 Area D-South 2/F The 2005, 2009, and 2011 Seasons Alexandra Ratzlaff
Part 2 The Finds
The Pottery 7a Pottery of the 2005 Season Nurith Goshen, Inbal Samet, and Assaf Yasur-Landau
7b Pottery of the 2008–2011 Seasons Inbal Samet
7c Cypriot Pottery Celia J. Bergoffen
7d Petrographic Analysis of Middle Bronze Age Pottery from the 2009 Season David Ben-Shlomo
The Frescoes 8a Painted Plaster at Tel Kabri State of Research Nurith Goshen
8b Analysis of the Painted Plaster Fragments from the 2008–2011 Seasons Ravit Linn
The Miscellaneous Finds 9a Small Finds Alexandra Ratzlaff with an Appendix by Nurith Goshen
9b Scarab Daphna Ben-Tor
Part 3 Environmental and Physical Studies
Analyses (2008–2011) 10a Organic Residue Analysis Andrew J. Koh
10b Faunal Remains from the 2005–2011 Seasons Nimrod Marom
10c Microvertebrate Faunal Remains from the 2005–2011 Seasons Lior Weissbrod
10d Radiocarbon Dates Felix Höflmayer, Michael W. Dee, Brita Lorentzen, and Simone Riehl
Part 4 Conclusions
11 Looking Ahead Strategies Moving Forward and Synthesis of Stratigraphic Sequences Assaf Yasur-Landau and Eric H. Cline
All interested in the archaeology and ancient history of the Canaanites and the Levant during the second millennium BCE, as well as final excavation site reports.