Excavations at Tel Kabri

The 2005–2011 Seasons


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.

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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).
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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.
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